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.
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