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GKN Aerospace, which supplies composite parts to the aviation industry, has purchased Vistagy’s Syncrofit software for developing airframe assemblies as well as Vistagy professional services.

The company will use Syncrofit in conjunction with the Fibersim composites engineering software – both components of the Vistagy Aerosuite – to manage the product development process and deliver an optimised winglet for Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft programme.

GKN Aerospace will also seek to ensure the maximum return on its technology investment by making extensive use of Vistagy professional services, including process consulting, best-practices development and customised training.

The company has used Fibersim for more than eight years to design a variety of complex composite parts, including the winglets on the Boeing 767, the leading edge for the Airbus A380 wings and the wing spars for the Airbus A400M.

The adoption of Syncrofit for the CSeries winglet extends the partnership between the companies.

Based on processes developed in conjunction with Vistagy on the Boeing 767 winglet, GKN Aerospace has used Fibersim to migrate from a ply-based to a structure-based design approach, which helps the company react quickly to the inevitable design changes that occur during the structural optimisation of composite parts.

Engineers will now use Syncrofit to define fasteners early on in order to provide procurement with precise and up-to-date bills of materials, while compressing the fastener management process.

GKN Aerospace will also use Syncrofit to manage the interactions of composite details within assemblies so that its engineers can validate that fastener design rules have been met and that the ripple effect of changes during skin-thickness updates are propagated throughout the assembly.

Justin Elliott, GKN Aerospace’s chief engineer on the CSeries aircraft winglet programme, said: ‘Defining holes and fasteners is a critical issue for developing composite aircraft because the variation in skin thickness drives the need for a wide array of fasteners and adds complexity to the design.

‘Syncrofit unravels this complexity by enabling us to easily author and capture complete digital representations of airframe assemblies and share critical design and manufacturing detail more efficiently.

‘Vistagy’s software and services will enable us to take an integrated approach to design and airframe assembly that will help us meet our goals,’ he added.

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