// Technology updates
Composite Finite Element Analysis - January 2017
A contract has been awarded to an external consultancy to perform specialist Composite Finite Element Analysis (FEA) on the 13-3/8” CE-BOND design to verify the tool`s performance envelope prior to physical prototype manufacture, which is due to commence in April 2017.
Advanced FEA techniques allow all types of pressure, temperature and mechanical loadings that the tools will face in service to be accurately simulated, drastically reducing development costs. These techniques are especially important for composite products, as they allow the lay-up of the fibre layers and resin choice to be optimised prior to physically manufacturing prototypes.