ANSYS 14.5 MAGNiTUDE ANSYS Composite PrepPost 14.5
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How to Use ANSYS 14.5 MAGNiTUDE ANSYS Composite PrepPost 14.5 for Composite Analysis
Composite materials are widely used in various industries because they offer stronger, lighter and more cost-effective solutions than conventional materials. However, designing and manufacturing composite structures can be challenging due to the complex nature of the materials and their interactions.
That's why you need a powerful simulation tool like ANSYS 14.5 MAGNiTUDE ANSYS Composite PrepPost 14.5 (ACP) to help you design, analyze and optimize composite structures. ACP is a dedicated tool for composite analysis that integrates with ANSYS Workbench and ANSYS Mechanical. It allows you to:
Create and modify composite layups using a graphical interface or spreadsheet input
Define material properties, fiber orientations, ply thicknesses, stacking sequences and draping effects
Perform static, modal, buckling, thermal and dynamic analyses of composite structures
Account for residual stresses, delamination, damage initiation and propagation
Predict performance, reliability and potential failures of composite structures
Optimize composite designs for weight, strength, stiffness and other criteria
Export accurate information to manufacturing such as ply shapes, fiber angles and ply books
In this article, we will show you how to use ACP to perform a composite analysis of a simple plate with a hole using ANSYS Workbench 14.5.1.
Step 1: Create a Geometry Model
The first step is to create a geometry model of the plate with a hole using ANSYS DesignModeler or any other CAD software. The plate dimensions are 200 mm x 100 mm x 2 mm and the hole diameter is 20 mm. The plate is fixed at one end and subjected to a tensile load of 1000 N at the other end.
Save the geometry model as a Parasolid file (.x_t) and import it into ANSYS Workbench.
Step 2: Define a Composite Layup
The next step is to define a composite layup for the plate using ACP. To do this, drag and drop an ACP (Pre) system from the Toolbox onto the Project Schematic. Then connect the Geometry cell of the ACP (Pre) system to the Model cell of the Model system that contains the geometry model.
Double-click on the Setup cell of the ACP (Pre) system to launch ACP. In ACP, you can define the composite layup using either a graphical interface or a spreadsheet input. For this example, we will use the graphical interface.
In the Outline tree, right-click on Layup and select New Layup. Name the layup as Plate and select Solid Shell as the Element Type. Then click on Edit Layup.
In the Edit Layup window, you can add plies to the layup by clicking on Add Ply button. For each ply, you can specify the material properties, fiber orientation, thickness and draping effects. For this example, we will use a carbon/epoxy material with an isotropic elastic modulus of 150 GPa, a Poisson's ratio of 0.3 and a density of 1600 kg/m3. The fiber orientation is 0 degrees for all plies and the thickness is 0.5 mm for each ply.
Add four plies to the layup with these properties and click OK.
Step 3: Assign a Composite Section
The next step is to assign a composite section to the plate using ACP. To do this, right-click on Sections in the Outline tree and select New Section. Name the section as Plate Section and select Composite as the Section Type. Then click on Edit Section.
In the Edit Section window, you can assign a layup to a section by clicking on Add Layup button. For this example, we will assign the Plate layup that we created in Step 2 to the Plate Section. Then click OK.
Step 4: Map a Composite Section onto a Geometry
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