14 June 2001
14 June 2001
Componeering Inc. has released a new version of ESAComp software for structural analysis and design of composites. ESAComp 2.0 combines basic laminate analyses with analyses of structural elements, such as plates, beams, bonded and mechanical joints, all under one unified user interface. ESAComp can be used for both initial design and detailed analyses of laminated composite structures including sandwich constructions. Two-way interfaces for major finite element packages integrate ESAComp as part of the design cycle. The design tools help in selecting materials and finding optimal laminate lay-ups to meet the various constraints and objectives given by the designer.
ESAComp development was initiated by the European Space Agency ESA in 1992. Since the release of the first commercial version in 1998, ESAComp has got a foothold in some major aerospace companies and research institutes. Also other industries utilizing high-performance composite structures are starting to take advantage of ESAComp.
Cobra International is celebrating its 40th year and has commissioned a book that will look at 40 key projects and 40 key people that were integral to the company’s growth. ‘Klaus Simmer and The King Cobra: A breakthrough in surfboard design and production technology’ is an extract article from this book and a breakthrough composites product for Cobra, establishing its presence as a manufacturer of high performance windsurf boards and creating global visibility for the Cobra brand.
Solvay has signed a ten-year agreement for the supply of composites and adhesives to be used across Bell's military and commercial rotorcraft programmes, including the Bell 429, 407, 505, 525, V-22, and UH-1.
SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV have officially opened the Fibre Placement Centre (FPC) at SGL's site in Meitingen, Germany. Compositence, BA Composites and the Chair for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich have also joined the alliance, and Coriolis Group and Cevotec are planning to come on board as partners.