The Composites Affordability Initiative (CAI) unanimously selected ESRD’s composites functionality to “replace as well as radically improve existing industry software currently used for bonded joints.” In time, the improvements extended to fastened laminated composite and metallic-laminated joints, reinforced composite structures, multi-scale analysis and more.
Instead of plate or shell modeling, we focus on the important details, such as interlaminar failure modes and thru-thickness ply stresses.
Our implementation is unique in the FEA industry for focusing on the detailed analysis needs of composite designers and engineers, including 3D ply-by-ply modeling and failure analysis.
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The software provides a highly reliable and user-friendly production stress analysis tool that will replace the Finite Element Method (FEM) tools and failure criteria the experts currently employ for analyzing bonded joints. The software includes an FEM-based handbook format, which allows non-experts to utilize models prepared by specialists. The handbook problems include built-in failure criteria, geometric and material nonlinearities, and the modern FEM technology provides better error control and the treatment of very large aspect ratios.”
Dr. Stephen P. EngelstadTechnical Fellow, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Structural Methods and Analysis