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ESAComp – Towards efficient gas storage vessel designs

News International-French

29 Feb 2016

JEC World 2016 - With global annual sales of gas-powered vehicles expected to reach 4.3 million in 2024, high-pressure gas storage vessels are a rapidly-growing market for advanced composites. 

To avoid over-design causing long, expensive design-development cycles and to maximize potential weight-savings and minimize material costs, careful material selection and design optimization are required, while ensuring safety and durability.

Using structural analysis to develop the winding pattern for a part cuts design-development times by showing up any potential, cost-intensive problems before a prototype is built and sent for testing. This is the ComposicaD-ESAComp approach developed by the engineers at SSA (Seifert and Skinner & Associates) and Componeering.

The simulation process is driven by manufacturing, with ComposicaD providing tools for winding process simulation and data transfer to the winding machine. For the structural analysis, the associated process simulation data is transferred to ESAComp. Thus, all the elements of the composite overwrapped pressure vessel (COPV) development process are generated centrally including shape, material, process and functional verification.

The structural model is set-up automatically, the solution time is insignificant and the effort required for training is low. From the very beginning, users can concentrate on "what if" design modifications that are easy to perform with the tools provided by ComposicaD and ESAComp.

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Booth: Hall 5A / M73