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Vistagy has sold over $1.4 million in FiberSIM software and training services to the Renault F1 Team in Enstone, UK. The software will be used primarily to design and manufacture composite body parts for the Renault F1 Team cars.
Because composite materials are strong and lightweight, Formula One racecar designers use them for the monocoque, nosebox, panels, rear wing, and many other areas of the vehicle. However, shifts in material position and orientation during manual lay-up of composite plies can introduce unwanted weaknesses into the parts. For safety reasons, Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) requirements mandate load and stress testing of these parts.
“”The composite parts we design must meet strict FIA standards for strength and resistance to impact,”” says Alan Duerden, CAD Support Engineer for Renault F1 Team. “”FiberSIM helps us to achieve these standards prior to testing and ensure part durability, quality, and repeatability.””
“”The Renault F1 Team is as fast and reliable as the racecar they create,”” says Mike Gascoyne, Technical Director. “”As part of our commitment to winning, Renault F1 Team provides its engineers with the latest, most innovative design, simulation and manufacturing software. FiberSIM is a welcome addition to that suite of tools.””
Renault F1 Team also uses FiberSIM to efficiently export flat pattern shapes to a ply-cutting machine. Over the next year, the team will train nine engineers on the software, which runs on their CATIA platform from Dassault Systemes. Future applications include providing laser-patterning data from the software to a new laser projection machine that guides ply lay-up.
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