MSC Software announces that theStanford University is using its MSC Nastran and Marc software for an innovative study into the testing and analysis of complex composite materials. The objectives of this study are to reduce costly in-depth test programs, optimize the design of test configurations and determine structural deformation and failure processes. The advanced analysis capabilities of MSC enable more accurate prediction of failure criteria for heterogeneous composite materials, and explore new possibilities for innovation.
Traditional modeling of heterogeneous composite materials is almost always based on some degree of homogenization: materials with diverse characteristics are modeled for evaluation on the basis of materials with similar characteristics. The team led by Prof. Tsai, researcher and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics atStanford Universityuses meso-mechanical modeling to identify the local heterogeneity of composite laminates, in order to produce more accurate surface or volume models. The dedicated composite analysis capabilities of MSC Nastran and Marc enable the failure characteristics of the models to be represented.
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