19 February 2007
19 February 2007
ESI Group has made availablet PAM-QUIKFORM for CATIA V5, developed under the CAA V5 Gold Software Partnership Agreement signed with Dassault Systemes.
PAM-QUIKFORM is currently implemented in CATIA V5 Composites Design, Dassault Systemes’ composite design module..
“This new product from ESI Group will allow users to leverage CATIA V5 Composites Design, which increases productivity by performing fiber simulations that are directly built upon the laminate definition in CATIA,” says Frederic Vacher, Manager of Partnership Business Development at Dassault Systemes. “This additional CAA V5 product complementing the V5PLM composite portfolio will strongly benefit our PLM customers from the aerospace industry.”
The software is a simulation tool capable of predicting the deformation of the reinforcement of composite parts during manufacturing. PAM-QUIKFORM is based on geometrical methods and can predict, in a matter of seconds, if a selected material can be used to form a part without potential problems, like wrinkling. The flat pattern of the laminate is computed simultaneously and can be used for nesting and cutting machines.
PAM-QUIKFORM features a capability that enables the simulation of unidirectional composite deformation during the draping process. The algorithms capture the specific deformation mechanisms that occur in unidirectional draping, like intraply sliding or fibre-spreading.
“The integration of PAM-QUIKFORM for CATIA V5 is an example of the physics-based simulation brought by ESI Group that can be embedded in CATIA V5 Composites Design in order to offer a complete solution that covers the design and the virtual manufacturing of composite parts. This kind of step should accelerate the current effort of aeronautics toward a simulation-based design,” says Patrick de Luca, Composites Centre of Excellence Manager at ESI Group.
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