*UPDATED 8/12/2013 – Additional information about the analysis portion*

During the past week, Autodesk announced that they have released two new products related to composite material design and analysis:

Autodesk Simulation Composite Design and Autodesk Simulation Composite Analysis

These products stem from the purchase of Firehole Composites earlier this year, and represent enhanced versions of that technology.

Composite design and analysis are difficult tasks, but Autodesk says that these products provide users with an easy and highly accurate method of predicting the performance of composite materials.

Autodesk Simulation Composite Design

  • Preliminary design tool
  • Desktop-based
  • Extensive materials database with 70+ fibers, resins, and lamina
  • Laminate design
  • Analysis features for simplified structures
  • Random, Stitched, and Woven Fabric support
  • Delivers advanced failure criteria including Hashin, Puck, and MCT
  • Base price available through Autodesk at $745 USD

Autodesk Simulation Composite Design

Autodesk Simulation Composite Design

Autodesk Simulation Composite Design

Autodesk Simulation Composite Analysis

  • Full-featured product
  • Advanced nonlinear analysis
  • Progressive fatigue simulation
  • Advanced woven composite simulation
  • Delamination determination
  • NASA-developed LaRC02 failure criteria included
  • ONLY Works as plug-in to industry-standard nonlinear FEA packages specifically Abaqus and ANSYS
  • Price not given and depends on reseller channel

Delamination is a particular interest of mine as most of the composite failures that I encountered in my career were associated with delamination in some manner.

Autodesk Simulation Composite Analysis

Autodesk Simulation Composite Analysis Delamination

Autodesk Simulation Composite Analysis

Autodesk Simulation Composite Analysis

Autodesk Simulation Composite Analysis

 

Images and background information provided by Autodesk in their press release here:

http://inthefold.autodesk.com/in_the_fold/2013/08/new-autodesk-products-bring-simulation-capabilities-to-composites.html#sthash.WDIxegka.dpuf

Specific product information can be found below. Analysis product page was not very easy to navigate to on the Autodesk site, but I have the direct link:

Autodesk Simulation Composite Design

Autodesk Simulation Composite Analysis

UPDATE 8/12/2013 analysis

After a discussion in the Autodesk Simulation Users Group on LinkedIn, I conclude that the analysis end of the new products only functions as a plug-in for Ansys and Abaqus. I was initially under the impression that the Autodesk team had brought the product forward as a desktop and plugin, but that is not the case. I am disappointed that they have not ported it for Simulation Mechanical, which they may leave as a selling point in the next release, however that is only my speculation.

Minimum System Requirements (per Autodesk)

64-bit processor
Windows 7 or higher, SLES 11 or higher, RHEL 5 or higher
500 MB of free hard disk space
Microsoft .NET Framework Version 2.0 (For Windows platforms only)
Abaqus 6.10 or higher, ANSYS 13.0 or higher

The support info can be found here:
http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/dl/item?siteID=123112&id=22022983&linkID=22005342