We perform structural analysis of composite parts. Our expertise lies in the prediction of failure and subsequent damage in composite structures under impact loading using well-established solvers such as LS-DYNA and ABAQUS. Analysing your design at the appropriate level of detail can help reduce development time, avoid unnecessary prototype iterations, while keeping simulation cost to a minimum.
Constitutive model development
Often built-in constitutive models do not reflect the material behaviour sufficiently well. We offer the development and implementation of tailor-made constitutive models to fit your modelling needs. This allows for the integration of the latest failure theories into your design methods, but also offers significantly more flexibility for post-processing, hence accelerating your product development cycles. We currently offer constitutive model integration as user material into LS-DYNA.
Material card development
Deriving the material properties necessary for accurately modelling the mechanical response of composite materials can be time intensive and costly. Choosing the right program for determining the required parameters is therefore essential to balance time and budget restrictions with the necessary accuracy. Our approach relies on a combination of theoretical predictions, experimental measurements, and numerical optimisation. This allows for rapid first approximations and subsequent refinement where needed.
We team with scientists at the Impact Laboratory at the University of Oxford to offer advanced material characterisation at high to very high strain rates. This will help determine the behaviour of materials under impact conditions, in particular in loading regimes where public data is missing and testing standards are absent.
Scientific advancement often travels ahead of actual commercial application. Unfortunately, knowledge-transfer between the scientific community and the engineers that design real-world applications is currently neither smooth nor efficient. We are passionate about closing the knowledge gap and translating science into application by helping engineers access the latest knowledge and understand current development trends. Our service includes the preparation of technology reviews as well as technology scouting in combination with knowledge-transfer in form of training seminars and process integration.
The rapid advancement of technology and often high rates of staff turn-over generate the strong need for professional training. We offer tailor-made courses aligned with our knowledge-transfer services. We provide on-site seminars as well as webinars on selected topics related to constitutive modelling of composite materials.
Innovation and development funding guidance
Government support for R&D activities often does not reach innovative SMEs with a strong growth potential. Time-consuming grant proposal writing and the associated bureaucracy often do not permit SMEs to commit the resources required for a successful bid. We offer support in the identification of funding schemes at the European level as well as advice on partnering and grant proposal preparation. We can offer the rare combination of technological understanding and project coordination competence to help generate public funding for product development.