Composites can be an attractive alternative to homogeneous (eg metallic) materials in many applications. The decision to use composite materials brings extra complexity to the design process. That is why we developed our Online training: Abaqus for Composites.
When designing composites, you must first choose the appropriate type of composite (particulate, short fibre, unidirectional, woven), the constituent materials and the construction of the composite (pre-preg, dry mats…). Once you have done that, you need to tailor the thickness and orientation of the material in each region of the part.
You will not make any cost or weight savings if you overdesign the part. You need to use the material wisely, so the component is strong and stiff only in the directions it needs to be. The complexity of this task means that simulation is often a necessary part of the design process.
But how do you simulate composite materials? There is no simple answer – it depends on what results you need. In any case you’ll need to define the elastic behaviour of the material. This can be based on homogenised stiffnesses, layered sections or even multiscale analysis. On top of this you can also add failure envelopes to predict the first failure in a composite, and even damage evolution models.
Over 5 weeks in a 2 hour session each week, the Online training: Abaqus for Composites will teach you how to model composite materials. We will start with linear elastic behaviour and gradually add more complexity. By the end of the course you’ll know what options are available to model composites in Abaqus and how to choose the appropriate one for your application.
8th May – 5th June 2020
The course starts on Friday and lasts 5 weeks. One lecture a week on Friday morning from 10:30 to 12:30 (Central European Time – CET).
– Material properties
– Element selection
– Composite layups
– First ply failure criteria
– Hashin damage
– Traction separation models
– Surface based traction separation
– Virtual Crack Closure Technique (VCCT)
– Mean field homogenization
The costs for this Online Web training are EUR 1470,00 per person. Payment / PO should be received before the start of the training.