Software and hardware for efficient composites processing

 

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Convergent provides software and hardware that aid composites manufacturers in shortening development cycles, creating robust processes, and reducing manufacturing risk.

Our process simulation software RAVEN and COMPRO allow you to:

  • Predict property evolution of your composite product, such as degree of cure, viscosity, glass transition temperature, residual stress, and deformation, as a function of process and tooling parameters.
  • Design more efficient and robust processes and process tooling based on simulation results.
  • Trouble-shoot problems with existing processes by identifying root causes through simulation.
  • Develop geometric compensation factors for process tooling to achieve dimensional control.

Our COHO gas flow, leak detection, and leak localization system allows you to:

  • Rapidly detect and locate bag and tool leaks via advanced sensor and software technologies, saving significant time in both development and production.
  • Optimize and efficiently control processes by directly measuring moisture and volatiles evolved and removed throughout the process.

The table below shows the typical user and analysis capabilities of our software products RAVEN and COMPRO.

USERRAVENCOMPRO
Designercheck markcheck mark1
M&P Engineercheck markcheck mark1
Analystcheck markcheck mark1
ANALYSIS TYPE  
Thermalcheck markcheck mark
Cure/Crystallizationcheck markcheck mark
Property Evolutioncheck markcheck mark
Resin Flow check mark
Residual Stress check mark
Deformation & Tool Compensation check mark
Part Quality check mark2
 

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Notes:

  1. Requires familiarity with finite element analysis.
  2. Some attributes are analyzed directly (e.g. local thickness and fibre volume fraction) and some indirectly (porosity).

 

COMPRO is currently available in the ABAQUS, ANSYS, and MSC Marc FEA software packages. The following table shows analysis features and capabilities available for each version of COMPRO.

 

Versions:

 

 

COMPRO

for ABAQUS

 

 

COMPRO

for ANSYS

 

 

COMPRO

for MSC Marc

 

Year of first implementation

200420142008

Graphical User Interface

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In Development

N/A

Thermo-chemical analysis

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Flow-Compaction analysis

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N/A

Stress-Deformation analysis

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Fully Coupled Flow-Stress

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Multiple Processors

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N/A

Layered Composite Elements

Stress-deformation analysis only

Thermo-chemical and

Stress-deformation analyses

N/A

Integration with Design Workflow

CATIA, CL, CMA, RSOANSYS Workbench, ACP and FiberSIMPatran

Notes:

  1. COMPRO Plug-in for ABAQUS CAE
  2. To be released in 2016
  3. Significantly improved MPP capability with ABAQUS 6.14

 

This feature table shows the capabilities of our hardware series, COHO 600 and COHO 800.

UserCOHO 600 SeriesCOHO 800 Series
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Features  
Automated Part/Test Reportingcheck markcheck markcheck mark
Integrated Pressure Drop Testscheck markcheck markcheck mark
Portable, Rugged Suitcasecheck markcheck mark 
Industrial Cart  check mark
Instrumented Vacuum Lines  6612, 18, 24+
Instrumented Vacuum Control Valves 004
Integrated Vacuum Regulation  check mark
Rugged Frontend Laptop check markcheck markOptional
Full-size Operator Console  check mark

Standard Software Package
Generalized interface that provides flexible configuration of workflows and assemblies for each activity.

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Factory Software Module
Targeted interface intended for factory environment, constraining use to pre-defined workflows, presenting data in an easy-to-understand manner. Customizable to your manufacturing processes.

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Maximum Unique Secondary Displays Clients
Each unique display client shows real-time visualizations of the COHO activity. 

014

Add-on Sensors Supported
These can include inclinometers, etc. Please contact Convergent to inquire about compatibility.

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User Serviceable Filters  check mark
Inlet size / type1/4" NPT1/4" NPT3/8" NPT
High Flow Outlet size / type1" NPT 1" NPT 2" NPT 
Low Flow Outlet size / type1/4" NPT1/4" NPT 
User-Replaceable Smart Manifolds   check mark
Premium Features

Daisy Chain Functionality
Connect the modular and portable COHO systems together to increase the number of vacuum lines when needed.

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Flow Standard Tool
Self-check the calibration of the flow sensors to verify performance of the COHO system.

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WiFi Module
Required for use of wireless display clients. 

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Mobile Display Client (Tablet)
The mobile display client gives operators the freedom to move around with the COHO data in the palm of their hands. The WiFi module is required.

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Team Display Client (Large Screen)
The team display client is indispensable in workflows with team members working on a large part. It allows everyone to see the COHO data at a glance. The WiFi module is required.

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Spare Smart Manifolds  Optional
Commissioning and Training
On-site commissioningOptionalcheck markcheck mark
1-day on-site trainingOptionalcheck markcheck mark