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Any advice for composite, nonisotropic beam models?

Question asked by John Fitch on Jan 3, 2011
Latest reply on Mar 21, 2011 by Bill McEachern

I will be creating a tapered beam (a spar for a wing) made with graphite layers.  This will generally be a cylindrically or elliptically shaped beam that tapers down in diameter.  The 'taper' will probably be stepped piecewise to accommodate another manufacturing need.  Because the wing has lift and twist, the fiber direction may spiral around the beam, out toward the end. 


I realize that using Simulation for this is probably more instructive than definitive.  But it could help with some optimization studies, and we thought it might be useful to give it a try.


Before I jump in, I wondered if some people out there had advice or tips.


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