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Composites offer many advantages including the ability to tailor the material properties for the intended structural application. With this design flexibility also comes design complexity as we add a number of additional design variables to the design task. Computer based simulation and numerical optimization methods can greatly help the design engineer efficiently sort through the additional design variables encountered and converge to a good design. The technology is inspired by nature where the right material with the right stiffness is at the right place. Computer based methods can help us better understand where we do or - more importantly - do not need material and stiffness. This helps us achieve lightweight designs with composites that meet all of the design requirements. Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): Concept design synthesis for composites Modeling and analysis of laminated structures Design lightweight structures while meeting performance requirements
Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) equipment has become significantly faster and more reliable and, now that AFP technology has been proven for a variety of parts, more companies are considering AFP equipment to replace their existing processes. But before they do, it is important to learn AFP’s capabilities and limitations. This presentation will discuss the challenges and rewards of using AFP. It will describe the interaction between part programming and machine functionality, and how it is affected by part geometry, ply boundary shapes, lay-down path trajectory, material limits, and the physical behavior and mechanics of the fiber placement head and machine. To register for this webinar, visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/864048497.
Inspecting to ensure the process is correct is common in any manufacturing endeavor. But it should not be the inspector’s job to ensure the manufactured result meets engineering requirements. Attempting to meet this requirement creates additional time-consuming inspection steps that should not be done in the workshop. Today it is possible to use software to virtually validate a simulated layup created directly from the AFP NC program to ensure that it meets engineering requirements. This frees the workshop inspector to verify the process. This session will discuss how AFP layup simulation works, some of the layup features that can be inspected, and how this can help improve inspection efficiency in the workshop. Primary topics (what the registrant will learn): • Learn how AFP layup simulation directly from an AFP NC program works. • Discover some of the layup features that can be inspected. • See how inspection efficiency can be improved in the workshop.