Under the Foresight Link-Enhanced Materials Engineering programme, small Sheffield-based start-up company Safe Technology developed improved software for predicting the fatigue life of automotive components, working closely with the Rover Group and City University.
The Link team developed a system called FE-Safe, which calculates the fatigue life at the design stage for real 3D components experiencing complex states of stress.
The system is now in use on the Rover design network and connects with other FE software. It is also used as a teaching aid at Sheffield Hallam University.
According to Safe Technology managing director John Draper: ‘The company has expanded from being a sole trader in 1997 to employing seven people today, and is planning further expansion. FE-Safe software licences have been bought by a number of firms outside the auto-industry, and over 150 firms have expressed interest.’