Continuously fiber-reinforced polymers (CoFRP) exhibit excellent mechanical properties with a high potential for lightweight design due to their low density. To fully exploit the lightweight potential, however, the optimization of stacking sequences of CoFRP laminates is key. For many applications, the determination of suitable stacking sequences is challenging, since the part is usually subjected to several load cases and the stacking sequence might vary locally.
For these reasons, the manual identification of an optimum stacking sequence based on Finite Element Analyses (FEA) is usually not possible. Besides this, optimization approaches usually require a multitude of FEA to converge in an optimal solution, which makes them time- and cost expensive for large structures.
SIMUTENCE remedies the challenges for efficient laminate determination with SimuOpt.
SimuOpt covers all steps to evaluate FEA results from multiple load cases for the determination of an optimal laminate, respectively the local stacking sequence. For this purpose, a so-called reserve factor is determined based on the local stresses, which automatically separates the part into quasi-isotropic, bidirectional, and unidirectional areas. Find more details about the working principle via the link below.