08 March 2016
08 March 2016
CompoSIDE has released CompoSIDE CMDB Addon featuring over 1,200 composite materials and plies properties and micro-mechanical analysis.
“Composite materials and plies characterisation can cost up to tens of thousands of Euros forcing companies to invest heavily on coupon testing, or limit the choice of available composite materials for their products and application,” says Lorenzo Bossi, Sales & Marketing Manager at CompoSIDE. “This release of CompoSIDE’s CMDB adds over 1,200 materials and plies, characterised with ‘fit for design mechanical properties’ or characteristic values to help companies identify and use the best set of materials for their products. Manufacturers of fibre reinforced plastics (FRP) products across Aerospace, Automotive, Rail, Marine, Civil, Renewables, Oil and Gas and other Industrial applications can benefit from a dedicated composite design software with a large database of available materials for faster and cheaper product development.”
CompoSIDE explains how the development of composite parts and products differs greatly from working with metals and plastics. It says that, with the latter the material selection and manufacturing process is well known and established, the various grades of materials are well characterised and data is publically available. Moreover the properties are isotropic. With composite materials, the material selection, manufacturing process and design activities are heavily correlated. It claims that CompoSIDE makes the management of the complexity inherent to composite materials easy. It allows to include the process and manufacturing particulars at the early stages of the design therefore helping the feasibility assessment of a composite solution. This in turn fast tracks composite material application development.
As part of the characterisation of 1 composite material 3 main testing phases are required, firstly the material sourcing and coupon manufacture generally costing in excess of €1,500. Further on, the basic set of composite material properties are evaluated using static tests, such as fibre volume fraction (FVF), density, tensile, compression and Interlaminar Shear Strength (ILSS) test and others, this phase costs in excess of €6,500 EUR. These initial tests, totalling over €8,000 are generally accepted for numerous industries such as marine, but wind and tidal energy, aerospace or automotive applications would require fatigue tests to be conducted, often sometimes tens and sometimes hundreds of thousands of Euros depending on the industry.
CompoSIDE’s CMDB Addon is described as featuring in excess of 1,200 composite materials and plies with a full set of composite materials properties and micro-mechanical analysis features. The large database is built on years of experience, tests and publically available data, to provide a single source of reliable data for the design and analysis of composite parts and products. The materials selection includes composites (resin, fibre, core materials. etc.), metals, woods and plastics, to answer requirements of hybrid constructions. The full set of materials includes both vendor specific and independent materials data, useful to avoid dependence from a given manufacturer.
Search by properties and materials comparison features are helpful during the material selection phase, to identify the most suitable material. Ply generation is included within CompoSIDE’s PlyGen, allowing the development of new plies sets and analytical analysis. CompoSIDE is a web-based SaaS software allowing multiple users to collaborate across projects, regardless of the physical location.