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February 2007 edition

Computer games technology transfer could provide timely solutions for composite aircraft design problems

Technology transferred from computer games could soon benefit aircraft designers and manufacturers working to cut costs and improve efficiency. The impact will be increased by 'joined up' thinking that will ensure manufacturing requirements are researched simultaneously with part design in key sectors, according to Bob Lloyd, simulation manager at U.K. production engineering specialists AMTRI Ltd.

Lloyd heads up the PhysVis project development team that is focusing on technology transfer from the serious computer games industry. This aims to develop a low cost, high performance physics-based software product for the visualisation and simulation of complex manufacturing systems.

While this could benefit a range of industries, it is likely to provide a particularly timely boost for the current widespread research into composites designed to maximise the efficiency of airframes.

Lloyd says: "The manufacturing process can be simplified and made more cost effective by investigating it at the same time as designing and building the parts. This joined up process is particularly relevant to the aircraft industry where the demand for faster, quieter, more economical build and operate fixed wing and rotor airframes has led to widespread research and development into composite materials. "Although there is a lot of research into carbon fibre composites, including stress resistance and weig....

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