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Streamlining simulation workflow for composites

Improving the performance of an RTM composite B-Pillar by reducing manufacturing-induced defects

Resin transfer molding (RTM) is a commonly used process to manufacture composite parts of complex
shapes in large quantities. The manufacturing process of RTM composites is inherently susceptible to
defects such as voids, resin-rich areas, fiber misalignment, residual deformations, residual stresses, etc.
These defects can compromise the performance of the part.

Minimize manufacturing trial-and-error with computer-aided engineering (CAE)

To minimize manufacturing trial-and-error, computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools can be used to find the optimal process-to-performance parameters. Using Simcenter™ 3D software provides a composite manufacturing digital twin, which reduces manufacturing-induced defects and improves performance properties. It also reduces the time-consuming manual engineering work of synchronizing input/output across simulation stages. Read this white paper to learn about the importance of adopting a defect mitigation strategy during design and manufacturing to ensure a component’s structural integrity and safety.