ANSYS Composite PrepPost Features

Adding Composites Definitions to Assemblies

Composites parts are usually components in larger assemblies. The ANSYS composites solution helps you to easily define the composite properties of specific parts — for both implicit and explicit solutions.

Adding Composites Definitions to Assemblies
ANSYS Composite PrepPost is included on the project page in ANSYS Workbench to streamline the data exchange with implicit or explicit solutions.

Modeling Composites Stackings and Orientations

ANSYS Composite PrepPost software provides all the necessary functionality for structural analysis of layered composites structures. An intuitive interface efficiently defines materials, plies and stacking sequences. Materials can be accurately oriented on the structures using very flexible tools based on coordinate systems definitions.

User interface and material definitions
User interface and material definitions

Understanding Product Performance

ANSYS Composite PrepPost offers a wide choice of state-of-the-art failure criteria, along with post-processing capabilities to allow in-depth investigation of product behavior. The results for the structure can be looked at globally or viewed in detail down to the layer level, which enables users to accurately identify reasons that a structure could fail. Design iterations that take into account geometric changes or material variations are easy to perform.

Global results on model
Global results on model

Display of most critical failure criteria
Display of most critical failure criteria

Toward Manufacturing

Useful for analysis of an end product, the draping capabilities of ANSYS Composite PrepPost allow users to correctly identify the exact orientation of each composite layer. Flat-wrap capability and the ability to create ply books help in product manufacturing.

Draping and flat-wrap
Draping and flat-wrap

3D Models for Thick Composites

Complex 3D shapes might require the use of 3D finite elements rather than layered shell elements. ANSYS Composite PrepPost gives you the ability to extrude a “flat” definition of the plies on a surface to a full 3D model so that a more-complex shape can be fitted to a given geometry.

Varying core thickness as applied by tables or 3-D CAD mode
Varying core thickness as applied by tables or 3D CAD model

 

 Composites definition fitted to a complex 3-D shape
Composites definition fitted to a complex 3D shape