Dassault, NIAR form aerospace composites partnership

The expanded partnership between Dassault Systèmes and the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) aims to help manufacturers optimize composites use in aerospace structures.

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Dassault Systèmes (Paris, France), a producer of 3-D and product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, on Jan. 26 announced an expanded partnership with the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) to sustain innovation and advanced use of composites materials in the aerospace industry.

The organizations note that expanded use of composites make it critical for manufacturers to leverage the most advanced software and methodologies to fully capitalize on the benefits such as durability, weight savings, contribution to fuel efficiency, and lower CO emissions. NIAR’s CAD/CAM Laboratory is supporting the transition by empowering employees of leading aerospace manufacturers and university students through hands-on instruction on a single platform with Dassault Systèmes end-to-end solutions.

“For more than a century, metal parts have been the de facto standard in the aerospace industry. Moving to composites has revolutionized what’s possible in aerospace design, but transitioning an entire industry is a momentous task,” said Shawn Ehrstein, director of NIAR’s CAD/CAM Laboratory. “We now give students and aerospace professionals the ability to learn how to master composites technology and optimize industrial practices with a cutting-edge comprehensive solution combining CATIA, SIMULIA and DELMIA from Dassault Systèmes. It represents a significant contribution to moving the industry forward.”

Located at Wichita State University (Wichita, Kan., USA), NIAR provides research, development, testing and certification services to the aviation manufacturing industry, government agencies, educational entities and other clients. The Institute has provided training on CATIA and other Dassault Systèmes products since the mid-1990s and has broadened its offerings to specifically address the industry’s demand for knowledge of composites-based engineering. Traditional composites solutions address design, simulation, and manufacturing separately, resulting in a slow, tedious and strictly sequential process.

Instruction is offered primarily on CATIA for Composites, a solution that addresses the unique needs of designing with composites, along with instruction on SIMULIA, for realistic simulation. The Institute plans to offer instruction on DELMIA, for digital manufacturing, within the coming months.