25 June 2010
25 June 2010
Componeering has released version 4.1 of the ESAComp software tool for the analysis and design of composite structures.
ESAComp focusses on the conceptual and preliminary designs stages, features a database for material properties and offers integration with other simulation tools used during the design process. The new ESAComp 4.1 release extends and enhances all these capabilities.
For the design of structural elements, the new ESAComp version introduces a finite element-based analysis for curved plates. Hat stiffeners can now be defined for plates along with the beam-type stiffeners available previously. The pre-dimensioning of stiffened composite structures is an example where ESAComp speeds up the design process whilst achieving better optimized structures. The new add-on module for cylindrical structures is a powerful tool for the design of pressure vessels, pipes and shafts. For stiffened cylindrical structures, an add-on developed to meet the demands of the aerospace industry, is also now commercially available.
For easy integration with finite element software, ESAComp now has an interface to ANSYS Composite PrepPost (ACP). For more detailed structural modelling, the material data and laminate lay-ups designed within ESAComp are exported to ACP. Throughout the design iterations, data can be exchanged between ACP and ESAComp.
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The Middlesex production facility of Web Industries’ Aerospace market team has earned accreditation from Nadcap (the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program) covering the facility’s composite cutting and kitting operations.