This paper summarizes the implementation of a Virtual Testing methodology in an industrial environment to predict the mechanical behaviour of composite material through the different scales of the conventional physical testing pyramid. A robust Virtual Test Lab allows for the generation of virtual allowables, while advanced interface models ensure accurate simulation of critical interfaces up to structural level. Hybrid simulation-physical testing approaches, that can support both conventional rapid sizing and high-fidelity analysis methods, have been applied during the development of a thermoplastic orthogrid fuselage shell and will be coupled with the manufacturing process though a virtual process chain for the development of a thermoplastic fuselage for the next generation aircraft.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th European Conference on Composite Materials
Subtitle of host publication24-28th June 2018, Athens, Greece
EditorsSimon Watkins, Abdulghani Mohamed
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781510896932
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventECCM18: 18th European Conference on Composite Materials - Athens, Greece
Duration: 24 Jun 201828 Jun 2018
Conference number: 18


ConferenceECCM18: 18th European Conference on Composite Materials
Abbreviated titleECCM18
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    Research areas

  • Virtual Testing, Thermoplastic composites, Interfaces, Fuselages, Virtual process chain

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