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Composite Structures Benefit from Noran’s Engineering Analysis Software

28 January 2005

The Computer Aided Engineering Software Developer, Noran Engineering, is to provide design tools for Scaled Composites and an Italian yacht syndicate, +38.

Scaled Composites, the aerospace and speciality composites development company based in California, recently hit the headlines with its success in winning the $10 million X-prize for commercial manned space flight with the composite structured Space Ship One.

The company have selected the NEiNastran software in order to analyse the design of its current and future composite structures.

Matthew Gionta, Chief Engineer of Scaled Composites said, ""We were looking for a modern Nastran interface for our analysis needs. NEiNastran met our criteria for a cost-effective analysis tool and looks like a very good choice. I expect it will work very well for us.""

Dave Weinberg, CEO of Noran Engineering, offered, ""We are pleased to be associated with innovative and forward looking engineering organizations like Scaled Composites. They help to demonstrate to the engineering analysis community the value and performance NEiNastran can bring to their organizations.""

The NEiNastran software has also been purchased by an Italian syndicate that will be competing in the America's Cup. The syndicate will use FEA software and Anaglyph Laminate Tools to design, analyse and optimise its composite yacht, +39.

The Italian +39 team, aptly named after the Italian international telephone code, intends to use the tool for the design, analysis and optimisation of its composite boat. The America's Cup is considered one of the world's most prestigious sailing competitions and is known for its tradition of demonstrating innovation and rewarding technological superiority.

Giovanni Ceccarelli, Principal Designer for +39 said that “finite element analysis (FEA) is an indispensable tool for a complex design like a class IACC boat is. We are using NEiNastran for structural assessment and optimisation of the new carbon fibre hull of +39 and on metal parts. I also found the Laminate Tools to be very innovative.”

Ceccarelli, added that the software allows for a quick and easy manipulation of composite layups, it is interfaced with the NEiNastran solver, and shows composites structural results in an effective manner. It will allow us to evaluate many different hull lay-ups, to get the maximum performance from our design'.

NEiNastran provides a wide range of industry solutions for aerospace applications that enable customers to evaluate and optimize many performance and reliability aspects of their designs and manufacturing processes.






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