23 September 2007
23 September 2007
Vistagy and ESI will expand their technology partnership with the intent of providing aerospace and automotive manufacturers with the most complete virtual 3D engineering environment for designing and analyzing products made of advanced composites.
The companies now offer data integration between Vistagy’s FiberSIM software, which engineers use to design composite structures as well as store and share non-geometric definition data, and ESI Group’s Sysply for analyzing and optimizing those structures. Detailed design information in FiberSIM, such as fibre orientation or material properties, can be automatically and efficiently shared with Sysply, delivering the most accurate and up-to-date set of design details to a structural analysis simulation. They say that this complete design-to-manufacturing development process ensures that engineers can validate product performance and manufacture accurate final parts that comply with strict engineering specifications.
Vistagy and ESI Group originally partnered in 2002, resulting in tighter technology integration between Vistagy’s FiberSIM and ESI Group’s PAM-RTM software for simulating resin transfer moulding. Now, the companies have decided to provide integrated support to their world-wide customer base for a wider range of simulation methodologies such as thermo-mechanical analysis, forming, crash and optimization.
“Our partnership with Vistagy has provided mutual customers with improved functionality and support for many of their most critical product development processes, and, by further advancing our collaboration efforts, we have raised the bar and achieved the most complete set of design and manufacturing analysis capabilities for composites development,” said Dr. Fouad el Khaldi, director of Marketing Virtual Performance and Virtual Manufacturing at ESI Group.
“The integration of our FiberSIM software with Sysply empowers design engineers and structural analysts with a suite of best-in-class tools for developing composite products,” said Dr. Olivier Guillermin, director of product and market strategy at Vistagy, Inc. “With the onset of new design methods and manufacturing processes, it is especially important that simulation tools such as Sysply utilize detailed composite part definitions provided by FiberSIM in order to ensure accurate analysis results.”
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.
Fibrelite reports that since the start of its partnership with Trenwa more than 100 precast trench systems integrating Fibrelite composite covers have been sold for use in electrical substations, wastewater treatment plants, chemical refineries and many other applications across North America.