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Renault F1 Team Speeds Ply Lay-Up by 62 Percent with FiberSIM

18 February 2005

The Renault F1 team have made productivity gains in developing the new R25 racecar using FiberSIM’s CAD software.

The Renault F1 Team officially unveiled the R25 to an international audience earlier this month in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

“Speed and control are as important for our engineering team as they are for the car and driver,” says Bob Bell, technical director for Renault F1 Team. “When VIistagy began their relationship with the team, they promised impressive reductions in product development times for our composite parts, and they delivered on their promises.”

Vistagy said that the sophisticated composite chassis and front wing of the R25 racecar provides high strength at a minimum weight, but their complex surfaces make manufacturing difficult. The Renault F1 Team engineers entered the existing composite ply information in FiberSIM and ran producibility simulations. The software also allowed them to export data to laser projection machines that guide manual ply lay-up. The documented results were a 30-percent reduction in the time required to create flat pattern templates and a 62-percent increase in the rate of ply lay-up. Vistagy stated that FiberSIM software also promoted more-reliable part quality.

Vistagy are the official supplier to the Renault F1 team and developer of computer aided design (CAD) software for the design and manufacture of composite parts.

A case study - involving images and benchmark results - describing the successful use of FiberSIM at Renault F1 Team is available for download at http://www.vistagy.com/products/success.htm

The image is of a view of FiberSIM software operating within the CATIA CAD system to simulate the lay-up of a woven composite ply over a complex surface. This surface represents a tool used for fabricating the chassis of the Renault F1 Team R25 racecar.





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