3 Chapters

\includegraphics[width=14pt]{./Images/Chapters.png}The analysis capabilities of CADEC are accessed by expanding Chapters on the left left menu tree (Figure 3.1), which correspond one-on-one to the chapters in the textbook. Here is a summary:


Figure 3.1: The left menu tree with chapter Thin Walled Beams expanded. Click the Back button on your browser to return to your previous page.
  1. Introduction. Key concepts such as Composite Design Methods, Design for Reliability, and Fracture Mechanics are explained in the textbook.

  2. Materials. Most modern types of Fibers and Matrices are described in the textbook, and properties are tabulated in the textbook’s Website as well.

  3. Processing. Most common processing methods used to fabricate composite parts are described in the textbook, including information about cost and production rate, which constrain the design space.

  4. Micromechanics. How to calculate lamina properties from fiber and matrix properties.

  5. Ply Mechanics. Coordinate transformations.

  6. Macromechanics. How to calculate laminate properties from lamina properties.

  7. Strength. How to predict failure of laminates.

  8. Damage. Advanced prediction of damage and strength.

  9. Textile Composites. Same as chapters 6 and 7 but for laminates reinforced with textile fabrics.

  10. Thin Walled Beams. How to calculate stiffness and strength of beams of arbitrary cross section made of laminated panels.

  11. Plates and Stiffened Panels. Deflections, buckling loads and other useful response of laminated composite plates and stiffened panels.

  12. Shells. Deflections, buckling loads and other useful response of laminated composite curved shells.

  13. Concrete Strengthening. How to use composites to strengthen beams and columns made of steel-reinforced concrete.

But before you can compute anything, you have to provide properties for at least some basic objects such as fiber and matrix, or experimental laminas. You do this in My Documents.