Composites Manufacturing Simulation
Composite materials are gaining popularity with manufacturers due, in part, to their lightweight properties, strength, and durability. As with any industrial part or product, composites components must reach quality requirements and go through extensive testing to meet certification requirements, which usually happens late in the development cycle. When defects are found at this stage, they lead to additional time and costs and a delay in getting the product to market.
ESI PAM-COMPOSITES simulation software helps you target defects early in your product’s development cycle, when it’s easier to fine-tune the manufacturing process. With PAM-COMPOSITES, you can:
- Analyze and optimize individual manufacturing operations
- Link these operations by transferring material history from one operation to the next (change in fiber orientations, curing degree, temperature distribution)
- Correct, optimize or validate processes like draping, thermoforming, RTM, infusion or curing, to minimize manufacturing defects, insure reproducibility, and decrease development costs
PAM-COMPOSITES addresses a wide range of composite materials, with a focus on continuous fibers. It can model carbon or glass fibers, thermoset or thermoplastic matrix, dry textiles or prepregs.
ESI PAM-COMPOSITES allows FIDAMC "the analysis and optimization of each individual manufacturing operation". Thanks to simulation, FIDAMC, which is aimed to consolidate the Spanish leading position in composite material technology, "save cost and speed up projects completion, substituting manufacturing trails by simulation analysis".
Jacinto Tortosa, CEO at FIDAMC
We have worked with ESI on flow simulation, forming simulation and impact modelling for many years, and consider their software to be at the leading edge of composites analysis. During that time we have developed materials characterization techniques to determine necessary input data, in particular reinforcement permeability for resin flow simulation. We are very pleased to be able to provide some of our data for other users – as well as providing useful data for analysis of composites manufacturing, we hope that this will promote further collaboration amongst the composites manufacturing community.
Pr. Andy Long, University of Nottingham