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July 2007 edition

Chengdu Aircraft introduces virtual prototypes for composites

China’s Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group says it is revolutionising its approach to composite design and manufacturing.

Chengdu is forming a strategic collaboration with virtual prototype simulation specialist the ESI Group. Yougi Wen, Chengdu's chief manufacturing engineer says the result will be revolutionary. “It changes the entire thinking and process of composite design and manufacturing at Chengdu Aircraft and enables us to know well in advance, as early as in the preliminary design phase, what kind of defects might occur in the composite parts due to the different methods or processes in manufacturing, against the design requirement of aircraft performance.”

Chengdu says the change will produce a dramatic reduction in the weight of aircraft, improving performance and efficiency. “T....

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Boeing Commercial Airplanes Airframer
ESI Group Computer-aided Simulation, Prototyping
AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry (Group) Co Ltd Airframer
AVIC SAC Commercial Aircraft Company Ltd Airframer
Chengdu Aircraft Industrial (Group) Co. Ltd. Airframer
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