A quick introduction to designing with composites.
Designing a composite part is in some ways a designer’s dream, with nearly infinite combinations of materials that can be utilized to achieve specific design goals. This flexibility also presents a challenge—specifically, how to choose the inputs and build the composite most suitable for an application. Even if a designer begins with a set of assumptions such as material properties desired for a part or a fixed geometry, the sheer number of options requires a reliable framework for design decisions.
The Norplex-Micarta White Paper, “Designing with Composites”, is written to introduce those unfamiliar with composites to analysis and design methods that are extensions of traditional mechanics of materials approaches.
Topics include: 1) Key characteristics of composites: Heterogeneity and Anisotropy 2) How composites are built: Resin Matrix and Reinforcements 3) Analyzing Heterogeneity: Effective modulus of a equivalent heterogeneous material 4) Designing with Anisotropy: Lamina and Laminate level analysis 5) A Framework for Designing Components from Composites: Detailed analysis and a discussion of virtual design tools
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Composites have the unique ability to be customized to the requirements of myriad applications, driving use well beyond the aerospace and transportation sectors.