Historically, aluminum and steel have been the primary materials for building structures and mechanical components. However, today’s designs demand weight reduction and higher stiffness requirements. These new requirements have been addressed by the development of advanced composite materials in the past two decades. Advanced Composite materials are found in many forms, short fiber, continuous fiber, woven fiber, and metal matrix.
reduce the product’s cost
The most common of these are Graphite-Epoxy and Fiberglass-Epoxy. The unique characteristics of composites, like their directional material properties, can be taken advantage of to enable engineers to efficiently design lightweight and reliable structures, which could not be possible with aluminum or steel.
In addition, use of composite materials can reduce the overall number of parts needed for a structure and therefore reduce the product’s cost. There are many advantages to composite material design but due to their inherent complexity, a proper understanding of the material behavior and careful analysis are critical to ensure a safe design.
Here in Optimum Solutions can conduct a thorough analysis of your product design and determine the stiffness, stress levels and failure modes before an expensive prototype is ever built. By exploring the weaknesses of a design early in the process, we reduce both time and material costs, making the development of a working prototype more efficient.