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Vistagy will emphasise the growing role of composites in the automotive market at the JEC Composites Show on 29-31 March in Paris, France.

The company, which will be exhibiting on Stand T45, claims that its Fibersim composites engineering software supports the entire design-to-manufacturing process for highly engineered products.

There are many challenges in adopting structural composites for the high-volume automotive market, including the need to provide engineers with rapid and accurate structural and crash performance analysis; new design methods suitable for high-rate composite manufacturing; and tools for selecting and simulating new materials and processes as well as cost and weight feedback early in the design process.

Fibersim is said to solve these challenges with a variety of capabilities, including multi-layer material simulation – a significant factor in automotive composites that provides insight into the drape-ability of non-crimp fabrics (NCFs) and other new materials – as well as the corresponding manufacturing processes such as forming.

The engineering software promotes an open and flexible approach to supporting the entire design-to-manufacturing process.

The Vistagy stand will feature the new Lotus Renault GP (LRGP) racing car, which was designed using Fibersim.

Ian Goddard, LRGP’s senior CAE engineer who leads the composites design efforts for the company, will also be found on the stand.

There will also be demonstrations of Fibersim 2010.

On 30 March in the Composites Simulation Forum, David Leigh Hudson, Vistagy’s director of product and market strategy for Fibersim, will deliver a presentation entitled ‘Simulations for Materials and Manufacturing Processes in Composite Intensive Industries’.

Attendees will learn how material- and manufacturing-specific simulations can assist with assessing material deformation and degradation and how specific simulation types can enhance product development.

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