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Composites Materials Software Implements Cloud Computing

  • Tuesday, 9th April 2013
  • Reading time: about 2 minutes

CADEC, a new online application that performs composite materials analysis, has been developed to provide a user friendly computational engine for the analysis equations and methods described in the textbook Introduction to Composite Materials Design – Second Edition.

The company states that CADEC performs micromechanics for composites reinforced with unidirectional fibres, and random fibres, as well as plain weave, twill, and satin textile fabrics.  Predicted properties include lamina moduli, strength values, CTE, moisture expansion, and more. Its laminate analysis capabilities are extensive, including stress, strain, and failure. Failure predictions including first ply failure and last ply failure under mechanical, thermal, and moisture loads. The most advanced analysis formulas are implemented.

The Cloud implementation means that updates are transparent; no new releases have to be installed by the user. Instead, new functionalities appear without disruptions. They say that one of its many unique features is the comprehensive analysis capabilities for laminated composite thin walled beams with general cross sections. Beams can be asymmetric and loaded by general combinations of forces in three planes (axial, vertical and horizontal) as well as by three moments (torque and two bending moments). The software computes all the section properties including the shear center and so on. 

A 30 day demo subscription allows interested users to drive test the software. Faculty and students get a lifetime free subscription while commercial users can purchase a premium subscription.

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