To maximise the advantages of composites it is essential that the construction of the tube is correctly optimised for its intended application. Composites are orthotropic, and a tube’s properties are a function of the materials and lay-up used in its construction. As such, 2 visually identical tubes can exhibit vastly different properties.
CFT can work to exact customer-supplied laminate specifications or draw upon extensive cross-industry experience to advise and input on the design. With our depth of expertise and composite application experience, our team of highly specialised mechanical engineers and designers are ideally placed to work alongside your project team, engineers or end users.
To compliment our decades of knowledge, CFT use a number of bespoke software tools to optimise our designs for strength, stiffness, weight, or any other criteria. Once the design is complete we have the ability to feed this into our Finite Element Analysis (FEA) modelling software to simulate the tube under loading and ensure it performs as expected. We regularly work with external test houses to validate designs and feedback into our models.