VISTAGY Inc. (Waltham, Mass., USA), a provider of composites engineering software and services, announced on Nov. 17 that it has been selected by Bombardier Aerospace (Montréal, Québec, Canada) to provide the FiberSIM software suite as the standard composite engineering solution for all aircraft programs at Bombardier. FiberSIM will help meet the delivery schedule for the 110- and 130-seat all new CSeries jetliners and the all-composite Learjet 85 business jet.
Bombardier chose to use composites extensively on both the CSeries and Learjet 85 aircraft programs to achieve its objectives for improved performance, cost effectiveness, reduced maintenance, ease of repair, extended service life and passenger comfort. The company recognized it needed a composites technology software expert to realize those goals and chose VISTAGY, which had already successfully worked with Bombardier on the CRJ700 and CRJ1000 aircraft programs.
Standardizing on FiberSIM has provided Bombardier with a framework to integrate distributed processes so that changes are easily propagated throughout the entire development cycle, increasing the number of design iterations and ultimately improving aircraft performance. FiberSIM's proven ability to integrate with industry-leading solutions, such as finite element analysis software from MSC.Software, and multiple manufacturing technologies, such as automated fiber placement, automated tape laying, laser projection, nesting and automated cutting, gives Bombardier the flexibility to take advantage of best-in-class technologies.