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A software to simulate and analyse composite forming processes

News International-French

9 Apr 2014

AniForm Engineering announces the official release of AniForm Suite. This software tool enables engineers to simulate and analyse composite forming processes with great ease by combining a new graphical user interface with AniForm Core, AniForm’s well-known and improved finite element solver.

AniForm Suite is tailored to the forming process of fibre reinforced sheet material, such as laminates comprising woven fabrics and uni-directionally reinforced pre-pregs. An improved understanding of the laminate forming process is obtained by fast and intuitive visualisation of the simulation results. The software predicts fibre paths, changing ply thickness, adverse fibre stresses, wrinkling, and other phenomena that appear upon forming. Anticipating these phenomena in the early design phases allows for efficient product and process optimisation, leading to a reduction of product development costs and lead times.

The current suite version consists of AniForm PrePost 1.0 and AniForm Core 2.1.1. AniForm PrePost has a pre-processing mode enabling the engineer to set up new simulations quickly. The post-processing mode is used to analyse simulation results. AniForm PrePost invokes simulations by pushing the models to AniForm Core, which then simulates the process.

About AniForm:
AniForm started as a University of Twente spin-off in Enschede, the Netherlands in 2009. René ten Thije founded the company after finishing his PhD within the Production Technology group of Prof. Akkerman. Nowadays, the AniForm company is managed by the executive management team: René ten Thije (Dr.Ir.) is head of the software development group, whereas Sebastiaan Haanappel (Dr.Ir.) manages the engineering service projects. AniForm Engineering is currently located at the Business & Science Park in Enschede, the Netherlands. Permanent research and development activities are essential to meet industry’s demands. Therefore, AniForm is a member of the ThermopPlastic composites Research Centre founded by Boeing, Fokker, Ten Cate, and the University of Twente. The independent foundation TPRC is accessible for all the parties from different value chains in the thermoplastic composite sector, such as material suppliers, engineering and design bureaus, production organisations, machine suppliers, education and research institutes.

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