HyperSizer v6.2 from Collier Improves Design and Manufacturability of Composites and Metals

may 21 2012

Collier Research Corporation apprised about the release of HyperSizer(R)v 6.2 structural sizing and analysis software. The latest version of the product, which is used widely in the spacecraft and aviation industries, includes new modeling capabilities for airframe wing box designs, and laminate zone and ply-count optimization enhancements to improve manufacturing efficiency.

"Composites are booming due to stepped-up fuel consumption efficiency goals," says Craig Collier, president of Collier Research. "This is pushing the movement towards light-weighting. But creation of lighter, stronger designs is limited by many of today's standard industry practices. Weight is needlessly added because engineers have only a partial view of options. They often overdesign to play it safe."

To overcome such drawbacks, HyperSizer targets weight while serving as an independent and neutral data exchange hub for CAD, FEA, and composite software packages. It iterates with FEA solvers, calculates margins of safety, validates failure predictions with test data, and sequences composite laminates for fabrication--avoiding weight growth as designs mature.

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