ACTA has experience with certification, analysis, part design, tool design, part manufacturing, and assembly. We are interested in design and development projects when it meets the needs of the customer. Following is a more in-depth look at our composite engineering process.
- Determine method of compliance
- Review applicable regulatory requirements and complete compliance statement
- ACTA maintains a good working knowledge of FAA regulations with an experienced DER and Certifications managers on staff.
Hand Analysis Approach
- Complete Free Body Diagrams for all structure
- Balance Six Equations of Motion
- Complete Standar Stress Checks following methods from sources such as Bruhn, Niu, etc
- Shear Flow Analysis
- Inputs include area and stiffness
- Input shear and moment loading
- Outputs shear flow
- Classical Laminate Analysis
Finite Element Approach
ACTA uses Nx Nastran with FEMAP as a pre- and post- processor.
- Experience with laminate, plate, part, rigid (RBE2 and RBE3), bar and gap elements
- Parts loaded with point loads on nodes, element pressures and accelerations
- Analysis completed for linear and non-linear static as well as buckling
- Check strains, stresses, deflections, failure indices, buckling Eigenvalues etc.
Part Design Approach
- Parts built inside of CATIA. Plies designed on the tool surface
- Composite materials defined with appropriate materials properties, thicknesses, etc
- Producibility routine completed to determine if spliced and/or darts are required
- Plies are flattened in the appropriate orientation and ready to input for ply cutting routines
- Ply stack-up definition taken directly from CATIA input
- Detail views shown with ply tables
- Views shown of trimmed part with point tables, lengths, diameters, etc
Assembly Design Approach
- All parts created in space and brought together in an assembly model to check for fit, interference, etc.
- Assembly models include all parts and all hardware
- Location of part given
- Assembly drawings include bill of materials with revisions and quantities
- Details of hardware shown
Tool Design Approach
- Master created with tooling board
- High temp/low temp composite tooling material used for created composite tools
- Tools normally include holes for use in laser placement as well as tool transfer holes
- Tool identification engraved on tools
- Aluminum tools also completed for smaller parts
- Tools include rosettes
- Trim tools created with transfer holes corresponding to lay-up tool adjusted for thermal expansion
- Position of vacuum lines and seals given for machining group
Our team at ACT Aerospace has refined our engineering processes to best deliver quality products. Learn about what we can do for you.