
Simulation and Analysis
A number of analysis methods are available and access through the menus in this picture. Methods include:
+ calculation of standard section properties using standard formulae;
+ linear static finite element analysis using 'bar' and membrane only 'shell' elements based on a standard university text;
+ calculation of laminate stiffness matrices using classical laminate theory;


Interact
Modify simple models to see what effect the geometry and materials have on the structural behaviour. The models are based on an industry standard finite element analysis format.


Test
A simple finite element analysis code is contained in LUCID. It allows 1D 'bar' elements and a simple 2D, thin, 'triangular' element to be used to simulate structures.


Understand
The program can read in files based on an industry standard file format. Whilst the FE analysis program may not be able to analyse large advanced models the user can still view the model in the viewing window. (Model on the right is from the NASA MOLA website)


Optimise
The 'layout' method identifies the most efficient material in a block so that you can create a minimum mass structure. Here the picture shows the suggested layout of material in a cantilever beam (the material to make the beam is shown in red).
