11 September 2009
11 September 2009
September sees the German subsidiary of simulation software suppliers, ESI Group, celebrate its 30th anniversary.
As the first of ESI Group’s divisions to be located outside of France, ESI GmbH has worked with companies such as Volkswagen Group, BMW Group and Audi AG.
Founded in 1979, six years after ESI’s creation, the office, initially located in Frankfurt, was first established to allow ESI to undertake consultancy studies for the nuclear, civil and military industries in Germany.
“I count myself very fortunate to have seen and contributed to the development and industrialization of products such as PAM-CRASH which became a commercial success, and also helped make cars and transportation genuinely safer,” said Dr. Anthony Pickett, Scientific Director at ESI GmbH.
Most development activities at ESI GmbH have targeted the needs of the car industry. These include PAM-STAMP for the simulation of sheet metal forming and PAM-CRASH/PAM-SAFE for crashworthiness and occupant safety analysis.
Today, the main role of ESI GmbH is to support its German customers and actively develop specific new options for them in various sectors from material failure modelling, welding, sheet metal and composites forming, composites failure analysis and dummy developments.
The office is also involved in research at both European and National levels.
The use of composites within the rail industry is predicted to grow by up to 40% between 2015 and 2020 according to the Composites Leadership Forum, reports Fibrelite, a UK manufacturer of composite trench covers.
Plasan Carbon Composites (PCC) has been awarded a contract to produce the first composite ramps and bridgeplates for Amtrak.