Composite Design

The “black metal” approach that a metallic component is exchanged for a composite material of similar geometry and arbitrary layup may result in a reasonable weight reduction, but will in no way take full advantage of the potential of composite materials. The full benefit can be achieved by understanding effect of fiber orientation on the ability of the component to react applied force efficiently. Along with material selection, consideration should be given at the concept phase as to the most appropriate manufacturing methods, in terms of tooling investment, volume capacity and effect on the structural efficiency of the part.