Category: ESAComp

ESAComp introduces “through-the-width” debonding/delamination analysis

Harri Katajisto

Harri Katajisto

Harri holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology with a focus on lightweight structures. He has been the member of the ESAComp team since 2000 and joined Altair in 2017. He considers himself as a middleman working closely with industry, research and software development aiming to provide practical software solutions for the Composites Industry together with the Altair Composite Technology Team.
Harri Katajisto

Delamination is a recognized, major failure mechanisms for composites. The separation of the internal layers within a composite, caused by high through-the-thickness stresses, can arise due to manufacturing defects or from impacts occurring during assembly or whilst in-service. Delamination can … Read More

structure lead

Structures are not ideal – Challenges of buckling analyses

Harri Katajisto

Harri Katajisto

Harri holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology with a focus on lightweight structures. He has been the member of the ESAComp team since 2000 and joined Altair in 2017. He considers himself as a middleman working closely with industry, research and software development aiming to provide practical software solutions for the Composites Industry together with the Altair Composite Technology Team.
Harri Katajisto

The linear buckling analysis is widely used for determining the load level at which the structure loses its stability. In reality, structures may be sensitive to even small imperfections in their shape, which is accounted for by applying large factors … Read More

Nonlinear collapse analysis of a launcher structure with imperfection sensitivity study

Harri Katajisto

Harri Katajisto

Harri holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology with a focus on lightweight structures. He has been the member of the ESAComp team since 2000 and joined Altair in 2017. He considers himself as a middleman working closely with industry, research and software development aiming to provide practical software solutions for the Composites Industry together with the Altair Composite Technology Team.
Harri Katajisto

A thin-walled axially compressed CFRP cylinder was studied using the large deformation analysis. Different numbers of axial, circumferential and combined imperfection waves were used to represent the initial shape of the structure. Three examples are shown at the bottom of … Read More

Thin-walled cylinders are sensitive to imperfections

Harri Katajisto

Harri Katajisto

Harri holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology with a focus on lightweight structures. He has been the member of the ESAComp team since 2000 and joined Altair in 2017. He considers himself as a middleman working closely with industry, research and software development aiming to provide practical software solutions for the Composites Industry together with the Altair Composite Technology Team.
Harri Katajisto

Decreased buckling loads and geometrical imperfections are closely related for thin-walled cylinders. By definition, a geometrical imperfection is a deviation from the perfect cylindrical geometry. An example is shown in Figure 1. Geometrical imperfections have been demonstrated to have clearly … Read More

Quick and clean technology for composite cylinder stability analysis

Harri Katajisto

Harri Katajisto

Harri holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology with a focus on lightweight structures. He has been the member of the ESAComp team since 2000 and joined Altair in 2017. He considers himself as a middleman working closely with industry, research and software development aiming to provide practical software solutions for the Composites Industry together with the Altair Composite Technology Team.
Harri Katajisto

Thin-walled cylindrical shells (radius-to-thickness ratio of 160-500) under different loading conditions have been studied for structural stability (Figure 1). Based on this study, guidelines for the selection of the element mesh density have been set. A set of problems presented … Read More

Making a laminate twist

Harri Katajisto

Harri Katajisto

Harri holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology with a focus on lightweight structures. He has been the member of the ESAComp team since 2000 and joined Altair in 2017. He considers himself as a middleman working closely with industry, research and software development aiming to provide practical software solutions for the Composites Industry together with the Altair Composite Technology Team.
Harri Katajisto

The properties of fiber-reinforced composite structures can be tailored with layer orientations and stacking sequence. For example, you can design your laminate so that under a tensile load it twists, but at the same time it does not bend nor … Read More

delamination stresses

At the origins of delamination stresses – Free edge analysis gives insight

Markku Palantera

Markku Palantera

Director of Global Composites Business Development at Altair
Markku Palanterä is the Director of Global Composites Business Development at Altair, in which role he promotes Altair’s complete offering for composite design, optimization, and simulation. Markku joined Altair in 2017 through the acquisition of Componeering Inc. and its ESAComp software. He was a founder member of the team that started ESAComp software development at Helsinki University of Technology in the early 1990’s as a project for the European Space Agency (ESA). In 2000, Markku along with a few colleagues established Componeering to continue software development and to commercialize ESAComp. He holds a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology.
Markku Palantera

When you make a tensile test for [±45/0/90]s and [90/±45/0]s laminates you may observe different failure strengths. This may seem first surprising since the laminates are basically the same – only the stacking sequence is different, which should not influence … Read More