Structural simulation is a powerful digital instrument for predicting the mechanical performance of composite structures. The results provide insights into stiffness and strength, allowing for informed design decisions during product development, which can save time, costs, and resources.
The mechanical performance is determined through the local fiber structure, which in turn is significantly influenced by the manufacturing process. Neglecting manufacturing effects in structural analyses can yield inaccurate FEA results and thus both unexploited lightweight potential or apparent safety margins.
SimuChain, our add-on for Abaqus, creates a virtual process chain and enables us to consider manufacturing effects in structural simulation. We support structural analyses for chopped fiber materials (SMC, LFT, GMT) and continuously fiber-reinforced composites including nonlinear material modeling under quasi-static loading conditions.