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Collier Research has released version 6.4.5 of its HyperSizer structural analysis and optimisation software for composites.
The company says that this version not only runs much faster, but it is now based on a reconfigured core technology with built-in ‘intelligence’ that produces more accurate answers with less user input.
“We’ve developed a completely different approach that will make the general engineer’s job easier while providing reliable results much faster than before,” says Collier Research President and Founder Craig Collier. “The software requires less input from the user to set up an optimisation of, say, an aerospace structural component or a wind-turbine blade. It looks at load magnitude and from there is able to configure itself automatically to do a pre-setup of the proper optimisation parameters. This gives the engineer consistent, reliable results regardless of their expertise level.”
Collier Research says the new version now supports nonlinear and dynamic-load stepping Abaqus and Nastran FEA solutions. For the wind industry, weight-and-cost optimisation has also been added to enable engineers to include the effects of material choices on tools, labour and facilities, when studying trade-offs between carbon fibre and fibreglass.
“Today, many industries use composites,” says Collier. “You read a lot about failure prediction and test certification, but I believe the fundamental issue has more to do with designing structures properly in the first place.
“For many engineers, a working knowledge of composite design and optimisation will be an essential requirement for future product development,” he adds. “If you really want organisations to be successful in implementing composites, we’re going to have to start making the process less complicated. This latest version of HyperSizer software is an important step in that direction.”
The first ever software commercialised out of NASA, HyperSizer is the flagship product of Collier Research Corporation.
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