Collier Aerospace Corp. will announce at JEC World 2022, May 3-5 in Paris, France, the global debut of its new analysis and design optimization software for composite structures used in aircraft, space and automotive vehicles, and many other high-end applications. This computer-aided engineering (CAE) solution offers designers and engineers tools for balancing weight reduction with manufacturability, accelerating part development and helping to quickly achieve airframe certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), where applicable.
To showcase the design optimization capabilities of this leading-edge software, Collier Aerospace will feature at its booth (K44 in Hall 6) two landmark projects: a novel composite racing sailboat and a natural fiber wind turbine blade.
“We totally redesigned our software,” said Craig Collier, co-founder, CEO and president, Collier Aerospace. “It runs faster and handles larger models with a new and powerful graphics engine and underlying relational database to hold terabytes of data. Along with streamlined workflows and a redesigned modern interface, engineers can do more in less time.”
The software, which is licensed on a subscription basis, will replace HyperSizer, the company’s previous product. Existing customers will be invited to migrate to the new software. Collier Aerospace will continue to support HyperSizer throughout a customer’s transition period to HyperX.
The technology was used to size a unique, carbon fiber composite racing sailboat that will attempt to break the world sailing speed record in 2023. A 1-meter scale model of the craft will be shown at the company’s booth. The other initiative evaluated the feasibility of replacing fiberglass with flax plant-based natural fiber reinforcement in wind turbine blades to reduce the environmental impact of the application during the design phase. The software was used to size the blade and define materials and ply layups.
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