Industrial framework for identification and verification of hot-spots in automotive composite structures
Journal article, 2019

In this article, a framework for efficient strength analysis of large and complex automotive composite structures is presented. This article focuses on processes and methods that are compliant with common practice in the automotive industry. The proposed framework uses efficient shell models for identification of hot spots, automated remodelling and analysis of found hot spots with high-fidelity models and finally an automated way of post-processing the detailed models. The process is developed to allow verification of a large number of load cases in large models and still consider all potential failure modes. The process is focused on laminated composite primary structures. This article highlights the challenges and tools for setting up this framework.

Global-local analyses

Finite element


Carbon fibre composites


Henrik Molker

Volvo Cars

Renaud Gutkin

Volvo Cars

Leif Asp

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Material and Computational Mechanics

SAE International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing

1946-3979 (ISSN)

Vol. 12 2 17-120

Subject Categories

Materials Engineering

Composite Science and Engineering

Areas of Advance


Materials Science



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