We generate data for a number of highly cost-effective composite materials (carbon/epoxy, glass/epoxy, and structural adhesive). Provision of your loads now enables the generation of design allowables in minutes rather than months. As many of our projects are now marine / renewable energy orientated, we have placed great emphasis on the understanding of fatigue performance and the effects of seawater immersion. In the event that your project requires the testing of non-standard materials, AEL has the experience and contacts to streamline the testing process. (Read more in development page)
We can conduct design and structural analysis exercises at any level, from concept evaluation through to final detailed design. We always work closely with our customers to ensure that we understand their priorities, and take care to provide relevant feedback in a timely manner. Our standard design tools include 3D CAD modelling and drafting facilities (we can import / export all common file exchange formats). ANSYS and ALGOR finite element software packages are complemented by the ability of our highly qualified engineers to perform more traditional analyses / hand calculations as appropriate – we do not believe in performing any task for its own sake and always propose an approach based on the most cost-effective method.
When evaluation of the effects of various design parameters is required, AEL has great experience in the creation of both spreadsheet and FE based parametric design tools.
Full scale testing of composite structures and design details is still the ultimate way of providing confidence in a design, and is often a certification requirement. AEL is experienced in the design and setup of such tests.
AEL can turn designs into real parts with ease and repeatability thanks to our specialised CAM software and CNC machinery. Our router permits the rapid and affordable creation of mould tools both large and small, whilst our 10m x 2m prepreg cutting machine helps ensure that composite parts are manufactured to a consistently high standard much more quickly than would otherwise be possible.