Composites - PAM-FORM


PAM-FORM is used to simulate the preforming process of dry textiles or the thermoforming of prepregs materials made of thermoset or thermoplastic resins. A wide range of processes can be modelled: stamping using two rigid molds, rubber pad forming, thermoforming, diaphragm forming, etc. It predicts final fiber orientation, thickness distribution, optimum initial flat pattern, bridging, wrinkling, etc. All these results are available at ply level and not just at laminate level allowing for instance the prediction of internal wrinkles. Thanks to iterations on process parameters as the tool velocity, temperature and pressure cycle, clamping conditions and force… or on laminate sequence, ply orientations …manufacturing defects are eliminated and product quality improved upfront in the product development process, before cutting tools. PAM-FORM simulation can also be used later on in the process to fix issues when they are already identified.


CAE engineers, Process engineers, Material engineers, Designers


Understand material models for dry textiles or prepregs. Be able to model, analyse results and optimize through simulation standard forming/thermoforming processes. Be able to identify required data and to determine proper assumptions for simulations.


Knowledge of FEM and forming processes.

Course content

  • General Introduction about program and application options
  • Explanation of requried input parameters
  • Data processing with macros
  • Post-processing and presentation of results
  • Manual evaluation and macro creation
  • Topics in coordination with participants
  • Industry specific applications
  • Plastics
  • Trimm material
  • Composites
upon request - 2 days - only available for DACH region (please contact local office for training offer in your region)
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