Fibersim Analysis Interface

Enabling a Concurrent Composite Design and Analysis Process

The Analysis Interface module in the Fibersim portfolio enables engineers to design a composite part in their existing commercial 3D CAD system while concurrently exchanging composites data with structural analysts at any time during the design process.

Depending on the selected design methodology, data related to zones and laminate specifications or to plies and fiber orientations are exported from Fibersim to various commercial CAE software packages, or imported into Fibersim from the CAE software.

The Fibersim Analysis Interface is available in a Base and an Advanced option. The Fibersim Analysis Interface Base option allows the designer to perform producibility simulation and then use the complete definition of the part in its as-manufactured form as input into a finite element analysis (FEA) package. The analyst can then run the analysis using the ply definitions and fiber orientations from the detailed as-manufactured part design, as opposed to an idealized as-designed part that may in fact be impossible to manufacture — resulting in a more accurate assessment of the part.

The Fibersim Analysis Interface Advanced option contains all the functionality of the Base option in addition to giving the designer and the analyst the ability to close the loop between their disciplines by returning an initial or modified FEA composite ply definition to the designer. This automated process saves time, reduces interpretation errors, and enables many more iterations between design and analysis — resulting in better performing composite parts. If the part is suited for grid-based or zone-based design, zones and laminate specifications can also be exchanged.

Key Capabilities and Benefits

Fibersim Analysis Interface enables engineers to:

  • Facilitate concurrent design and analysis workflow by operating entirely from within the CAD user interface
  • Ensure data integrity and accuracy by operating on the native geometry of the CAD model of the part
  • Ensure that a detailed composite part definition, including true fiber orientations, is used for accurate mechanical analysis of the composite part
  • Enable more design iterations more quickly, yielding final part designs in a shorter period of time
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