Modeling Composite Materials using COMSOL Multiphysics® - Archived

This is a recording of a webinar that originally aired on September 8, 2021

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In this webinar, we will demonstrate how to model layered composite structures. Common examples of composite materials include fiber-reinforced plastic, laminated plates, and sandwich panels, all of which are widely used in the manufacturing of aircraft and spacecraft components, wind turbine blades, and other structures.

We will discuss two approaches to accurately model composite shells: layerwise theory and equivalent single layer theory. In addition to standard structural analyses (such as stationary, eigenfrequency, transient, and frequency domain), the presentation will go over micromechanical, first-ply failure, delamination, damage, and linear buckling analyses. We will also demonstrate how to include various physical phenomena, such as heat transfer, electromagnetics, acoustics, and fluid flow, in a composite laminate model. Various nonlinear materials models, e.g., hyperelasticity, plasticity, and piezoelectricity, will be demonstrated, including the recent addition of a ply-based modeling approach.

A live demo in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software will show simulation results for the through-thickness and ply-wise stress distribution in the composite laminate. The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session.

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Pawan Soami
Managing Director, India

Pawan Soami is the director of India operations at COMSOL and has been working with the company since 2010. Previously, he was the product manager for the Multibody Dynamics Module and the Composite Materials Module. He received his master's degree in aerospace engineering at the Indian Institute of Science.