Teton Composites has formed a finite element analysis (FEA) service business to help engineers design and analyze complex composite structures.

The business can provide fundamental baseline designs while also reducing expensive iterations between design and testing, the company says.

‘We’re building a highly skilled technical team that will have the capacity to analyze both continuous and chopped fiber filled structures,’ said Rick Dalgarno, director of analysis services, Teton Composites. ‘This unique simulation capability is very specialized and very necessary. It is critical that a company developing a composite component fully understand performance before manufacturing.’

According to the company. the real challenge with any industry’s adoption of composites is how best to design structures to minimize material while maximizing performance.

Teton is also working on an advanced stress analysis tool for evaluating structural integrity of ‘as manufactured’ parts made by additive manufacturing with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The company expects to release its first software product in late 2018.

This story is reprinted from material from Teton, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.