WIT Press

A Novel Textile Composites Design And Analysis Tool

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/CP000181

Volume

28

Pages

10

Published

2000

Size

1,061 kb

Author(s)

A. Prodromou, G. Huysmans, S. Lomov, J. Ivens & I. Verpoest

Abstract

With the ever increasing use of textile reinforced composite materials in structural applications an analysis tool is needed that would provide: Ease of use, computational efficiency, accurate results, variety of output formats and links to industry standard design tools. Such an integrated composites design and analysis tool is currently under development at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. The core of the program consists of a geometry preprocessor, mechan- ical analysis modules and an output postprocessor. The geometric prepro- cessor can currently generate the geometry for 2D and 3D woven fabric reinforced composites. It should be pointed out that this preprocessor is not just another CAD-like geometrical tool but a truly predictive model based on the mechanics of

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