StressCheck Professional has advanced modeling capabilities in the areas of composites, fracture, residual stress and more. Most of these features may even be combined together in a single model for more sophisticated FEA needs.
Need to compute stress intensity factors in a metallic and laminated composite assembly? Fracture + Composites = Done.
StressCheck’s Advanced Modules are catered to the engineer that needs to have the highest quality results for the most challenging applications in solid mechanics.
The Composites Affordability Initiative (CAI) unanimously selected the StressCheck Composites module to “replace as well as radically improve existing industry software currently used for bonded joints.” And fastened laminated composite joints. And metal-composite joints.
Fracture Mechanics Module
“Through [StressCheck] we are able to model, analyze and predict failure of aircraft structures and then develop crucial inspection and maintenance plans to ensure the safety and sustainability of our nation’s warplanes. Without the analysis capability provided to us through StressCheck we would not be able to provide accurate assessments of the A-10 structure to top USAF leadership.” – Southwest Research Institute Manager
Many manufacturing or metal forming processes (such as cold working of holes) can induce residual stress throughout the volume of material. These bulk residual stresses (BRS) can significantly influence fatigue life, structural stability, failure loads, and distortion after machining. StressCheck allows such stresses, or the corresponding eigenstrains, to be included in linear analyses with industry-leading solution quality assurance procedures.
The effects of residual stresses can be beneficial, as in life extension by cold working, or detrimental, requiring reworking or rejecting manufactured parts. Reliably simulating effects of residual stresses is challenging due to extreme stress gradients. With the technology in StressCheck, representing rapidly changing stresses over short distances is a breeze.
“In the case of the through crack configuration, the comparison of experimental and StressCheck derived geometry factors showed a close correlation and were an improvement to solutions provided in AFGROW at the time. Based on the results of this research, StressCheck pin-loaded lug geometry factors have since been incorporated into the AFGROW software.”
Dr. Alten GrandtPurdue University