ANSYS and Vistagy Integrate ANSYS Composite PrepPost and FiberSIM

20 December 2010

ANSYS and Vistagy have taken a step in closing the loop between composites design and analysis by integrating ANSYS 13.0 Composite PrepPost and FiberSIM 2010 composites engineering software.

This bi-directional integration, enabled by FiberSIMs Analysis Interface, allows customers to exchange detailed lay-up information between design and analysis quickly and accurately. As a result, users can optimize parts, assemblies and structures more efficiently.

Traditionally, designers and stress engineers have worked in very different environments, which prevented an efficient exchange of data. ANSYS and Vistagy say that, as a result of this integration, customers can conduct a faster and more iterative process for optimizing composite parts, can ensure there is no disconnect between part certification and manufacturing since lay-up details can be validated by ANSYS Composite PrepPost, and can be confident that the analysis of the design model is accurate.

The partnership with ANSYS will enable our customers to develop products around a complete and detailed master model available to both design and stress, said Dr. Olivier Guillermin, director of product and market strategy at Vistagy. The integrated solution will allow engineers to spend less time making sure their designs and analyses sync up and more time innovating. As a result, theyll be able to reduce errors, shorten development times, and get composite products to market quicker.

From an overall product development perspective, a composites solution is not complete without the ability to create an optimal layout through engineering simulation well before any manufacturing concerns are addressed. The second part of the process involves the capability to move the product into manufacturing, with assurance that it is still a valid design. The ANSYS and Vistagy solution does just that, said Barry Christenson, director of product management at ANSYS. The sophisticated combined technology offers the capability to reach an end-to-end composites design.

The combined composites solution requires purchasing software from both Vistagy and ANSYS.

In addition, Cobham Antenna Systems has purchased FiberSIM software to enhance its processes for engineering composite parts. We evaluated other options but came to the conclusion that FiberSIM was clearly the more mature software, said Mike Royle, senior mechanical design engineer for composite technologies at Cobham Antenna Systems. Theres increased pressure to cut weight and develop more structurally optimized parts on demanding deadlines. FiberSIM does a terrific job of helping us address those concerns as well as fulfilling all of our composite design-to-manufacturing requirements. We like the fact that it is fully integrated in CATIA, is user friendly, and requires less training. This allows us to quickly ramp up for new programs. Cobham Antennas is using FiberSIM to design and manufacture a wide range of high performance radomes and composite products for the aerospace and defence industry, including sandwich and rib stiffened structures.

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