Composites Design

Engineer and validate composite structure design

The Marine industry is constantly looking for ways to improve ship quality while lowering the total cost of ownership. Ultra-light, strong, durable, highly resistant to fatigue and corrosion, composites are an ideal solution. Yet, effectively managing the engineering of composite structures can be complex and requires a dedicated solution.

Designed For Sea provides an integrated process-oriented solution to define, simulate, analyze, and validate the design of composites structures from conceptual to detail design while ensuring compliance with requirements and regulatory standards.

Designed For Sea offers multiple design approaches such as grid or zone-based design, providing the flexibility to select the approach that is best suited for a given situation. It provides engineers with the ability to optimize ship weight without jeopardizing strength. Manufacturing constraints can be embedded early in the design process to ensure manufacturability, thereby significantly shortening design time and lowering cost.   

Thanks to integrated simulation and analysis, engineers understand stress distribution and can identify the strength requirement at different grid locations of the hull, decks and bulkheads. Using this information, they can then define the type of composite material that is required and the number of plies that are needed for various sections of the ship. Designed For Sea provides efficient ply modeling capabilities with automatic generation of plies and automatic change propagation for greater design productivity. The use of embedded knowledge and design rules helps improve the ply layout process, and promotes compliance with material and regulatory standards. 

Key Highlights and Benefits

  • Define, simulate, analyze, validate the integrated basic design of composite structures to achieve design excellence
  • Design composite structures using multiple design approach including grid and zone-based design
  • Embed manufacturing constraints early in the design process to ensure manufacturability
  • Generate plies and propagate changes automatically
  • Identify strength requirement using integrated analysis and simulation
  • Simulate ply layout with optimum fiber orientation to maximize strength using advanced techniques
  • Optimize ply layout, including overlap definition, with embedded knowledge rules