Design and Manufacture Complex Aerospace Composites

Composite aircraft design software plays a critical role in providing cutting-edge methodologies for designing and manufacturing aerostructures

Global competition demands that aerospace companies respond with fast, flawless and cost-competitive product development. However, this becomes increasingly difficult with the addition of innovative material technologies, such as fiber-reinforced composites, that require the support of advanced tools and processes.

These advanced composite materials offer dramatic opportunities for producing lightweight aerostructures that are more durable, innovative, fuel-efficient, corrosion-resistant and easier to maintain than metal structures. Composites are being used more extensively in the manufacture of aircraft engines, commercial airliners, military aircraft, helicopters and regional jets because of their desirable weight, performance and strength properties. However, the real potential for composites has not yet been realized because engineers face critical design and manufacturing risks when creating highly engineered aerospace composite parts, such as design errors, high manufacturing costs and increased cycle times.

To reduce these risks, more and more organizations are turning to aircraft composite design software such as the Fibersim portfolio of software for composites engineering to help them more efficiently, accurately and cost-effectively design and manufacture complex composite parts.

The inevitable changes that come in the early stages of aircraft development are more easily accommodated with Fibersim. By reducing the complexity of change and identifying its impact, Fibersim enables you to have a transparent view into the consequences of decisions. Since Fibersim creates product definitions that can be quickly verified, more iterations can be performed in the composite aircraft design.

The end product is what every aerospace manufacturing engineer strives for: better composite aircraft designs that weigh less and ultimately cost less. These optimized designs not only help to improve the efficiency of manufacturing processes – such as composite layup, fiber placement, tool design, airframe hole drilling, automated fastener installation, and first article inspection – but also dramatically decreases your initial manufacturing costs.

Fibersim is integrated into major commercial 3D computer-aided design (CAD) software systems, and reduces the cost and time required to develop composite parts by automating many preliminary design tasks, while accommodating multiple design methodologies and manufacturing processes. This software environment supports all aspects of composite aircraft design, from laminate definition, producibility analysis and generation of flat patterns, to sharing design data with the engineers on the manufacturing floor.

Fibersim enables you to:

  • Capture non-geometric composites data and associate it with geometry in the 3D CAD model for a complete digital product definition
  • Obtain feedback, discover design issues and make changes early to minimize costs
  • Assess producibility and generate documentation and properties for analysis
  • Automate manufacturing processes specific to the composites industry
  • Reduce cycle times and time-to-market
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