Enabling composites material selection for automotive
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With the increased usage of composite materials in the automotive industry the importance of simulation is equally gaining ground. Crash testing is very expensive and established test methods are not applicable for the assessment of composites. In the UK-DATACOMP project Granta Design collaborated with partners to develop a database which provides simulation experts with validated material data as well as facilitating information exchange within the supply chain.
Lightweighting is a driving factor in many industry sectors — and polymer-fibre reinforced composites, with their unrivalled combination of strength and light weight for many applications, are a key materials technology in achieving lightweighting goals. For the automotive sector, the need to comply with increasingly stringent CO2and other emissions regulations has focused attention on the potential of composites and, specifically, on the use of simulation to better understand the processes involved and to optimise...