Beijing Institute of Technology uses SwiftComp for composite research
AnalySwift LLC (West Jordan, Utah, USA) recently announced that Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT; Beijing, China) is using its SwiftComp simulation software to research new composites as part of the company’s recently launched academic partner program. Practical applications for research conducted at BIT are reported to include fiber reinforced epoxy composites, 2D plain fiber reinforced ceramic matrix composites, and sandwich structures used as part of thermal protection systems.
“The overall research plan for BIT in this area is to use some of the new techniques given by experimental mechanics to determine the constitutive parameters, relationships and damage evolution of polymer-based or ceramic-based composites,” Dr. Liu said. School of Aerospace Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology.
“SwiftComp is a powerful tool that helps us effectively understand the mechanisms observed in experiments and user-friendly software for engineers and researchers in the field of composite mechanics,” adds Liu. “In addition, some new features such as polymer matrix-dominated nonlinear mechanical response and thick plate homogenization and non-uniformity are expected to be included in the next release of the package.”
The Academic Partner Program (APP) provides participating universities with free licenses for the engineering software programs SwiftComp and VABS so that students, researchers and teachers can take advantage of the tools in their academic research. It is also said to provide students with a way to highlight their research, because AnalySwift regularly finds papers, papers and articles that involve these codes. AnalySwift also has a community of developers and users to help answer questions through the online cdmHUB (Composite Design and Manufacturing HUB) platform.
SwiftComp is a versatile multi-scale modeling code that is reported to enable users to efficiently and accurately model composites and other advanced materials. It can be used independently as a tool for virtual testing of composite materials, or as a plug-in to provide traditional finite element analysis (FEA) code for high-fidelity multi-scale modeling of composite materials. SwiftComp directly links the detailed microstructure and structural behavior of composite structures, including beams, plates/shells and 3D structures. A wide range of applications include high strain composites in expandable space structures, PCBs, high end fishing rods, weaving and honeycomb sandwich structures.
“We are very excited about the work done by Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) on these innovative materials and are pleased that they have chosen SwiftComp as part of their composite modeling workflow,” said Allan Wood, President and CEO of AnalysySwift. “In addition to several unique modeling features, SwiftComp can help engineers consider more design options and find the best solution faster.”