Component and Composite Design Analysis (CoDA)

Lightning-fast Component Design


CoDA is a Windows software application that assists in the preliminary stage of engineering design of Panels, Beams, Joints, Flanges and Laminates, as well as in composite material property synthesis.

CoDA is a product of the Composites Section of the Centre for Materials Measurement and Technology at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL). It is based upon several years research funded by the Department of Trade and Industry and has been experimentally validated. Major UK industrial companies assisted with the development through advisory panels and funding.


What does CoDA do?

  • CoDA is based on several years' research at NPL that included experimental validation, which means that its results can be relied upon.
  • CoDA is available as seven independent, but integrated, modules. Further modules are being developed and validated.
  • CoDA can be used to undertake preliminary analysis of sub-components with Plate, Beam, Joint, Flange or Laminate geometries.
  • CoDA can also synthesise the properties of composite materials, laminates and sandwich structures, which can be used in a seamless manner within the design modules.
  • The unique PREDICT module simulates random ply crack formation in off-axis plies, and hence the effects on laminate stiffness. Individual layer thickness is a significant variable, as it affects the simulation results.
  • The latest version includes a wealth of new features, both in analysis capabilities and user interface. The CoDA software is a professional, reliable, indispensable tool for preliminary engineering design.

Key Benefits

  • The integration of the modules allows for the effect of changes on any input parameter (e.g. fibre properties) or laminate parameters (e.g. fibre angles, skin thickness) to be instantaneously assessed.
  • In addition, four modules have unique parametric add-ons that allow "what if" scenarios to be rapidly evaluated graphically, viewing any output result as a function of variable input data.
  • Getting familiar with the software is easy, although new advanced features may necessitate the use of the excellent on-screen or printed documentation. The speed at which preliminary design can be completed reliably will be a welcome surprise.