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Vistagy has released FiberSIM 2010, the latest version of its engineering software for designing and manufacturing durable and lightweight composite structures.

FiberSIM 2010 rapidly adapts to design changes, predicts manufacturing issues and improves communication between internal departments and the supply chain.

It can be used individually or as part of Vistagy’s Aerosuite, a comprehensive solution that enables aircraft designers and manufacturers to engineer optimised parts and assemblies in less time at a lower cost.

Aerosuite also includes Syncrofit software for designing and manufacturing complex assemblies and large aerostructures, the Quality Planning Environment for developing plans to assess aerostructure quality and Custom Consulting Services to assist manufacturers in implementing optimised processes for developing composite aerostructures.

The new version of FiberSIM provides advanced features for preserving composite design intent, which capture the critical inputs that drive the composite part design at the earliest stages of development and automate the creation of the detailed composite part definition to increase productivity, ensure adherence to design rules and adapt to changes during the iterative design process.

The new rules-driven, structure-based design capability enables users to capture design intent and corporate standards to ensure the production of optimised and manufacturable composite structures by leveraging basic layout geometry and design rules.

In addition, volume fill composite ply development capability maintains the intent of engineers designing thick laminates by automating the creation of ply shapes to fill the area between the upper and lower surfaces, which dictate the shape of the part.

This is said to provide the most efficient development process available in the market today for turbine/rotor blades and other thick laminates.

The enhanced ability to design for manufacture of advanced materials and processes, including new Multi-Layer Material Simulation, provides insight into the drapeability of non-crimp fabrics (NCF) and other advanced materials, as well as the corresponding manufacturing processes, such as forming.

This reduces the need for physical prototypes that result in costly scrap and increases confidence that the as-built part will meet specifications.

An improved connection between design and analysis enables more efficient transfer of composite design requirements.

Tightly coupling the interface between design and analysis promotes design optimisation by allowing for quicker and more frequent iterations, delivering products of the highest durability and lowest weight possible.

FiberSIM 2010 introduces new FEA Interfaces with Ansys Composite Preppost (ACP), MSC Patran, NX Laminate Composites, BETA CAE Systems ANSA and a generic BDF data format that maps all laminate properties to the mesh.

FiberSIM’s Advanced 3D CAD Integration represents the composite part in the native CAD model format, conveying the basic elements of the composite part in a standard format and improving the communication of composite design data throughout the enterprise and extended supply chain.

New functionality for validating that the as-built part is representative of the as-designed/analysed part ensures adherence to design specifications.

One of the challenges of using composites is that it creates a blind part so that, once assembled and cured, it is nearly impossible to inspect the critical characteristics of the design.

FiberSIM 2010 introduces new functionality for validating parts, including the ability to import machine paths from fibre placement NC Software and an interface to drive automated ply verification (APV) inspection equipment.

These capabilities ensure that at each step – from analysis, design, manufacturing and quality – a part meets the original engineering specifications so costly manufacturing errors can be avoided.

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