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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“At DST Group, we have effectively used StressCheck over the last 10 years to determine accurate stress intensity factors. The results have been used to improve our residual strength and structural life estimates for aircraft in service with the Royal Australian Airforce, including C-130, P-3C and F/A-18 A/B. We have found it to be extremely easy to use and a very versatile code with which to create parametric models.
We have recently used StressCheck to obtain improved stress intensity factor solutions (Improved stress intensity factors for selected configurations in cracked plates and Improved stress intensity factors for a single corner crack at a loaded fastener hole) for five key generic configurations. These transferable parametric results have been published externally. One specific example is the non-linear contact analysis of a cracked, filled fastener hole, with both fastener and remote plate loading.”
Dr. Manfred Heller, HeadStructural & Damage Mechanics, DST Group