Software and hardware for efficient composites processing

 

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CPA-TA Simulation Software

Composites Producibility Assessment - Thermal Assessment Plug-in to CATIA

  • Easy-to-use software for simulation of composites producibility.
  • Quickly identify potential thermal and cure issues before designing tooling.
  • Customize using your processes, tooling, materials, and autoclaves and ovens.
  • Uses the power of RAVEN process simulation software and material files

Make your processes more efficient.

  • Quickly evaluate designs for producibility with company-standard equipment and processes.
  • Validate against cure cycle specifications and best practices before submission without the need to check in with materials specialists*.
  • Identify trouble spots in the layup to minimize unforeseen redesign, the amount of testing and trial-and-error, and in effect save time and cost.
  • Reduces iteration in design between design engineers and M&P department
  • Allows quick analysis for design changes such as manufacturing results from alternative tooling types

 

*Materials specialists must first set up the company-standard parameters in CPA-TA

The CPA-TA (Composites Producibility Assessment – Thermal Assessment) plug-in is used to identify locations where your part may have thermal issues during manufacture.

To use CPA-TA you need a license and working knowledge of CATIA, as well as a RAVEN license. The general workflow to set up and run a CPA-TA:

  • Input company-specific process specifications, material specifications, company practices, etc. This step should be done by a materials specialist and only has to be done once.
  • Define geometry,
  • Select geometry for analysis,
  • Review/ verify M&P spec settings,
  • Define manufacturing parameters,
  • Run, or auto call pre-run results,
  • Assess results
  • Redesign or optimize your processing parameters accordingly.

CPA-TA is an integration for CATIA Composites Workbench.

The Composites Producibility Assessment - Thermal Assessment tool is a CATIA plug-in.

  • CPA-TA has moderate requirements on computational resources.
  • CPA-TA runs under Microsoft Windows (XP, 7 or 8) and performs well on nearly any computer that is less than five years old.
  • A minimum of 2GB of RAM is recommended for a good user experience.

 

It requires:

  • CATIA Composites Workbench (CPD, or  HD2 + CPE, or HD2 + CPM)
  • RAVEN process simulation software
  • Process specifications, material specifications, company practices, etc.
  • Customized inputs to reflect company practices
  • Initial setup by a materials and process engineer