Airborne Composites will use FiberSIM for the design and tooling of the composite overhang panels for the empennage wing surfaces of the Gulfstream G650 business aircraft. The panels are a sandwich structure comprised of carbon fibre/epoxy skins and honeycomb core. Airborne Composites is subcontracting for Stork Fokker on the G650 programme.

“FiberSIM provides us with a competitive advantage because it enables us to design and tool our composite parts accurately and quickly so we can meet the demanding deadlines that are so common in the industry these days,” says Wiard Leenders, General Manager at Airborne Composites of The Hague, the Netherlands.

Leenders adds that the software simulates how fibres deform when draped over a complex curvature, giving the information needed to accurately define plies on the first iteration.

VISTAGY is based in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA.