Recently I was looking for material data for 60 Shore A rubber for a simulation. This article describes what I found and how I transformed that to material data.
Articles about engineering
This is the second part in a series how to analyse sandwich structures with FEA. The first part is here. If you haven’t done so, you should probably read that first.
In that part we built and analyzed a sandwich where the core and skins shared nodes. We saw how that leads to incorrect stress distribution images because of nodal averaging. In this article, we’re going to fix that by using
This is the first part of a series of articles where I hope to show how to analyze deflection and stress in structures using the free CalculiX software. I’m using version 2.17. The focus will be on sandwich structures because that is the area in which I’m most interested. Compared to parts consisting out of a single material this is a bit more tricky as we will see in this article. The main reason for using finite element analysis (“FEA”) in general is that it allows for complete analysis of problems where no integral solution exists.
Additionally, some of the assumptions used in Euler–Bernoulli beam theory for analyzing deformation and stresses in beams and plates do not hold for sandwiches.
During my engineering education and the start of my career, a lot of design and drafting work was still done on paper. During that time I also discovered computers, and how they could be an extra tool in my toolbox.
Although my training and career has been in mechanical engineering, there is not much about that on these pages. In this new category, I hope to remedy that.