Design and Simulation of High Performance Composite Aerostructures

December 13

Composites in a modern aerostructure represent 50% of weight and 80% of volume; this means that the composite laminate definition is the dominant data set over the entire aircraft lifecycle. OEMs and suppliers are under pressure to rapidly improve their composite development capability to address this driving concern and are willing to invest in improving design-analysis workflows and deepening capabilities in this composites simulation. They must engage in efforts to improve their capabilities faster than composite product complexities increase. 

Simcenter 3D provides flexible methodologies that more rapidly optimize composite designs. More efficient model generation shortens design cycles, offering the potential to do more of them, thus improving the product. Unique analysis methods offer the potential for realistic prediction of structural behavior. These capabilities, which are complementary to Fibersim, allow PL to deliver a strategic composites solution to our customers. 

Primary Topics: 
Aerospace manufacturers require a range of integrated design and simulation solutions to extract the full potential from composite designs. Our composite solutions offer: 
• Industry leading design solutions 
• A full digitalization of the composites design-to-simulation process 
• Specialized composite optimization and simulation capabilities 
• Efficient and error free workflows that can handle the complexity and change process of composite aerostructures 

John O'Connor is the Director of Product & Market Strategy at Siemens PLM Software. Mr. O'Connor also served in many roles at VISTAGY, which was acquired by Siemens in 2011, ranging from application support and technical sales management to business development. Prior to VISTAGY, he was a Senior Design Engineer at Lockheed Martin where he led a variety of product design teams. John holds an M.S. in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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