Fibersim will also be used to design and manufacture composites for other automotive applications, such as Class A surfaces and structural components.

“The automotive industry is currently undergoing a transformation as it considers the role of advanced composites in more areas of the volume production of vehicles,” says Chris Johnston, the director of technology and processes at CSP, a manufacturer of composite automotive and industrial parts headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA.

“A variety of materials and processes are being evaluated to determine suitability. CSP is implementing Fibersim so we can establish ourselves as a resource to the industry and as an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner while the various technologies are vetted. This will provide CSP with the opportunity to tailor our materials and processes to the needs of the industry."

“For instance, CSP is developing prepreg compression moulding technology to support advanced composite structures. The ability to accurately predict fibre orientation is critical to predicting the performance of these structures, and the ability to predict drape is critical to our manufacturing process. Fibersim enables us to do just that and, as a result, supports our advancement of new product and manufacturing technologies based on continuous fibre formats.”