14 June 2011
14 June 2011
Vistagy’s FiberSIM composites engineering software has won top marks in a study conducted by the DLR German Aerospace Centre.
The study examined the capabilities of various software products for simulating carbon fibre reinforced manufacturing processes so it could provide an understanding of how to use these tools to get the most accurate flat patterns and, thus, the highest quality and lightest weight parts. Vistagy explained that FiberSIM came above all other tested draping simulation software when fibre simulation, design functionality, and interfaces were collectively considered and in addition to having the highest combined score of any of the products in the three categories mentioned above, it was also judged to have the best simulation algorithm and design functionality, and was considered the most robust tool.
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.
With the aim developing a broader platform for additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, the University of Exeter, UK, and Victrex, have formed a strategic partnership to introduce next-generation polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymers and composites while improving the performance of the underlying AM processes.