Calculation & Layout

Our competence in the field of calculation and layout comprises the complete chain of production of fibre composite components - starting with tool design and dimensioning to strength testing and optimization of the complete component. We draw up processing analysis for you by means of the finite elements method for fibre composite plastic, hybrid (combination of light metal and fibre composite plastic) or metal based construction.


Our range of services in the field of calculation and layout extends over:

  • Calculation and design of fibre composite plastics according to VDI 2014
  • Strength tests
  • Draping simulations
  • Optimization of fibre composites and components (layer thickness, orientation of fibre layers)
  • Processing simulation (e. g. pressing sequence, coiling simulation)
  • Adhesive connection design
  • Calculation of delamination


Our activities in the field of FEM

  • Linear structural analysis
  • Non-linear FEM analysis (contact, huge deformations, non-linear material behaviour, e.g. plasticity and hyper elasticity)
  • Dynamic analysis (model analysis, harmonic and transient suggestions)
  • Thermal expansion calculations 
  • Analysis of bulge and stability behaviour of structures


To guarantee optimal calculation results, KVB is equipped with modern simulation programs. Analysis tools are used as followed:

  • ANSYS inkl. Composite PrePost
  • PATRAN/NASTRAN inkl. Laminate Modeler
  • Code Aster / Salome
  • Laminate Modeler
  • Cadwind
  • eLamX


Simulation of a winding process of a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic test specimen  

Process simulation:


  • Preparatory consideration of the production of a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic hollow shafts test specimen with thickened  end areas



  • Simulation of a winding process with Software CADWIND


Advantages for customers:

  • Better component qualitiy because of theoretical predictions of an optimal winding parameter
  • Exact estimation of process sizes, e. g. winding duration, fibre and resin needs
  • Knowledge of the exact fibre orientation as a foundation of FEM strength calculations




Strength and rigidity proof of a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic  

Component simulation


  • A dynamically loadable machine lever of aluminium shall be replaced by a carbon fibre-reinforced lightweight construction. With maximum weight saving the rigidity and maximum permissible deformation have to correspond to the demands.



  • FEM-based simulation of different construction variations
  • Optimization of component geometry and carbon fibre-reinforced plastic layer structure
  • Strength and maximum deformation proof by calculation


Advantages for customers:

  • Optimally designed, weight-reduced components that are suitable for their use