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PFA Low Velocity Impact

Progressive Failure Analysis Low Velocity Impact (PFA_LOW_VELOCITY_IMPACT)

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Product Highlights:

         Predicts the response of composite and metallic elements and structures to low velocity impulsive forces, neglecting the influence of dynamic effects on the structural response.

         Uses a step-by-step static virtual loading procedure that takes into consideration material degradation, nonlinearity and changes in structural geometry. Material properties degradation is based on 1) matrix damage; 2) fiber fracture; and 3) fiber-matrix debonding.

         Characterizes the different stages in the damage process. The program computes various internal damage locations and failure modes in composites caused by the low velocity impact events.

         Predicts the damage process at different material scales beginning with the micro-cracking in fiber, matrix and fiber/matrix interface. Damage propagation from micro-level to ply, laminate and structural levels can then be tracked.

         Computes 1) the total energy exchanged during the impact event, 2) the energy absorption curves and 3) the impact force history.

         The user can employ optional conventional fracture mechanics approaches such as Virtual Crack Closure Technique (VCCT) and Discrete Cohesive Zone Model (DCZM).


         Aerospace, automotive and construction industries.

         Characterization of the different stages in the damage process.

         Determination of internal damage locations and failure modes in composites.

         Computation of the total energy exchanged during the impact event, the energy absorption curves and the impact force history.



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