as an experienced engineering company for innovative lightweight solutions, we not only offer development services, but also run www.calcbond.com - the world’s unique, innovative online platform for the design and calculation of bonded joints!
In this blog article, we introduce you to the browser-based tool calcbond and give you an interesting insight into the features and possibilities that this software offers its user.
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Why calcbond? – Advantages of the innovative online platform for adhesiv joint design
Why did we decide to develop calcbond? This question can be answered in two parts.
Firstly, for us as an innovation-driven engineering company, digital tools in engineering have been a fundamental part of our daily work for years. We understand that the need for powerful yet easy-to-use software tools for engineers is rapidly growing.
Secondly, adhesive bonding technology has a special significance in lightweight engineering. More and more companies are using bonded joints in the manufacture of their products or want to do so. However, the professional design of a secure bonded joint is not trivial and requires a lot of experience, specific expertise and usually expensive, complex software tools. In other words, designing bonded joints yourself usually costs a lot of time and money. We wanted to change that.
That’s how the idea for calcbond came about. Based on our many years of experience in the design of structural bonded joints from our project business combined with our understanding of the development and adaptation of software, we came up with the idea of developing an online platform. It allows users without extensive know-how in the field of adhesive bonding technology to design and calculate bonded joints quickly and safely. Easy to use and with cost and time savings of up to 80%, compared to conventional methods!
Tool Overview – The powerful features of calcbond
The calcbond platform is a holistic ecosystem and offers a comprehensive wiki, a material database as well as powerful calculation tools and automated reporting. Here is an overview of the most important features:
Analytical Toolbox & Design Explorer
The analytical toolbox of calcbond offers its users a quick and easy way to calculate stresses in the adhesive layer of a mechanically stressed overlap bond. Depending on design parameters such as the adhesive layer thickness or the overlap length, highly inhomogeneous shear and peel stress curves occur in the adhesive layer, depending on the type of load. These can be calculated and evaluated using the analytical toolbox. The calculation methods implemented in the tool deliver results in seconds. Predefined variants of simple overlap bonding facilitate parameter input.
The analytical toolbox also offers the “Explore design space” area, which enables quick design studies based on the analytical calculation methods. Here, the influences of the design variables can be directly calculated and interactively evaluated for selected parameter spaces of the bond.
In the “Material Cards” section, users can view and compare technical data on a range of adhesives from well-known manufacturers such as Sika, Huntsman (Araldite) and Kisling in well-structured material cards. The material cards are divided into basic information as well as more detailed engineering parameters that can be used for calculations in calcbond.
In the future, users will also be able to create their own material cards in calcbond and use them for calculations in the app. In this way, users can also calculate with adhesives that are not yet available in calcbond per default and for which no engineering data is generally available from the manufacturers.
The expansion of the “Material Cards” feature to include user-specific material cards can be expected in Q3 2023.
The AutoFEA module offers the power of numerical simulation packaged in a clear and easy-to-use user interface. Users can build their own parametric 3D calculation model of the bonded joint from a selection of standardised, typical bonding applications - such as bonded fastener or a window pane bonding - and run simulations. Complex mechanical load combinations as well as an additional temperature load are possible. Within a few minutes, complex bonded joints can be modelled, calculated and evaluated without having to be a calculation expert yourself.
The results are made available to the user both in the user interface and in the automatically generated PDF report.
The calcbond Wiki offers users a comprehensive knowledgebase on all important topics of adhesive bonding technology: from adhesive selection, design and calculation to application on the component. In addition to relevant expertise, the wiki also offers helpful tips for the professional planning and implementation of bonded joints as well as practical application examples. An overview and explanation of the most important adhesive technology standards and guidelines is also provided here.
Your Advantages – How calcbond saves you time and money in product development
The use of calcbond offers users a whole range of advantages that give them a decisive edge in product development with bonded components:
- Less trial & error, less costs - analyse design variants faster through automated calculation
- Enabler for non-experts - calcbond helps to solve complex adhesive bonding problems without the need for specific expertise
- Extensive knowledge database - all information in one place: no lengthy research required
- Web-based platform - easy online access, no installation required
- Flexible booking model - monthly cancellable subscription
- All-in-one solution - knowledge, material data, calculation tools in one place
YouTube Video – Webinar for Beginners: Learn how to get the most out of calcbond
To get to know calcbond in the best possible way, we have created a compact webinar that guides you through the platform in under 15 minutes and shows you how to use the individual features:
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