LAMINATE is a module for the analysis of continuous fiber-reinforced plastics and it is only available in ChannelMAX.
The top and bottom of each layer in a composite is subjected to a damage analysis. The analysis method is a version of the “Critical Component in Critical Plane” method which has been adapted for laminates and which considers both fiber breakage and intermediate fiber breakage. Moreover, delamination can also be considered when solid models are used (typically 8-node hexahedrons).
Damage analysis requires static (tension and compressive strength) and cyclical material data (S-N curves) for loads parallel and perpendicular to the fibers as well as shear loads in the laminate plane.
Shell and solid elements with COMPOSITE characteristic are currently supported from the Abaqus inp and odb file.