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 p-type element has been used to great advantage in the finite element system ESRD StressCheck, . This software provides the engineer with the means to conduct solution verification in an extremely straightforward manner by simply increasing the degree of the element, monitoring convergence and using Richardson extrapolation reliably to estimate the error. This can be conducted automatically by the software thereby enabling the engineer to concentrate on the engineering rather than the simulation. StressCheck has also been used to develop ESRD’s Handbook and Toolbox applications. The first of these provides engineers with a repository of parameterised standard problems of the type found in texts like Roark’s “Formulas for Stress and Strain”, . The second, Toolbox, is a tool that can be used to parameterise a company’s range of components for rapid and reliable analysis by non-expert analysis. Toolbox then is an exemplary of the way in which the democratisation of simulation can be applied.”
Angus Ramsay, PhDEngineering Director, Ramsay Maunder Associates