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Composite analysis for manufacturing

TruPlan composite analysis software has several solvers (what-if analysis tools) for calculating composite fabrication. Perform composite analyses to see potential issues with automated tape laying (ATL), such as gaps or convergence.

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    Composite analysis

  • Composite analysis solvers

    TruPlan offers several solvers, sometimes called what-if analysis tools. Apply one or more solvers to your analysis to calculate a range of parameters such as constant angles, steering offsets, and others. By changing or selecting different variables, you can evaluate the best fabrication process for your part.

    Solvers included in TruPlan composite analysis software can be used to calculate:

    • Constant angle — layup in single direction
    • Constant angle offset — starting in one direction and offseting for shape
    • Constant steering — single radius for corners
    • Constant steering offset — variable radius for curvature
    • Guide curve offset — following and offsetting from one curve shape
    • Hoop wind  — how tape winds around in a large circle
    • Natural — how tape may follow the normal contours of a part
  • Calculate convergence

    Calculate where tape convergence (overlapping) will occur in an automated tape laying (ATL) fabrication process. Get the proper rigidity and strength of your composite with an even distribution of tape.  Test different taping start points and angles, and choose the best solution for tape laying. 

  • Calculate compaction

    Calculate the composite fiber compaction for automated tape laying (ATL). Test different start points and directions for ATL, and find an ideal level of compaction. 

  • Gap analysis

    Run a gap analysis of your automated tape laying (ATL) process. See where gaps are likely to appear in the composite. Test different start points and tape laying directions to find the optimal solution for fabricating the part.