The highly engineered nature of composite structures and the ability to orient fiber reinforcements where they are needed to meet specific mechanical forces has been, for decades, the selling point of these advanced materials. This attribute, combined with advances in manufacturing capability, has accelerated penetration of composites into complex structures in aerospace, defense, energy, automotive, wind, marine, and many other end markets. Composite materials have evolved to become the de facto standard for applications that demand high strength and light weight.
Complicating matters is the multi-variant challenge posed by the complex recipe of fiber reinforcements, resin matrices, tooling and manufacturing processes that are deployed in composites manufacturing, which makes design, modeling and simulation equally complex. The composites community thus faces a highly dynamic, fast-evolving materials and process landscape that has compelled design engineers and CAD developers to be equally flexible and fast-evolving. They are producing products and systems that have enabled faster, more accurate, more robust designs that increasingly reflect the as-manufactured product.
CompositesWorld’s Tech Days: Design, Simulation and Testing Technologies for Next-Gen Composite Structures is designed to provide a multi-perspective view of the state of the art in design, simulation, failure analysis, digital twins, virtual testing and virtual inspection. This one-day online event will feature presentations from design and materials experts representing a range of composites industry stakeholders including academia, CAD and CAE software suppliers, laboratories, and fabricators. They will provide insight and perspective on design for aerostructures, materials trade studies, virtual testing, design for additive manufacturing, modeling and simulation strategies, product development acceleration, and much more. CompositesWorld hopes this Tech Days event will help you develop an understanding of how the composites design landscape is evolving and how new and emerging tools might be used to help you optimize your own designs and structures.
- Jeff Sloan, Editor-In-Chief, CompositesWorld