In a series of full-scale, physical tests just completed by NASA, HyperSizer, structural sizing and composite analysis software from Collier Research Corp., accurately predicted the composite crew module's successful performance under simulated flight conditions.
HyperSizer is a structural sizing and design optimization tool that works in a feedback loop with finite element analysis to automatically search for solutions that minimize weight and maximize manufacturability.
The software is particularly applicable to complex composite materials, providing the capability to optimize the architecture of large structures, including wind turbine blades, aircraft and ships.
‘This project clearly demonstrates HyperSizer's ability to accurately predict the behavior of large composite structures, with exacting design and manufacturing requirements,’ says Craig Collier, president of Collier Research Corp. ‘The use of composites continues to expand across new industries as manufacturers look for ways to safely and cost-effectively replace heavier materials.’
HyperSizer was the first NASA software to be licensed and commercialized as part of the agency's effort to transfer technology to U.S. business and industry, according to Collier Research.
For more information, visit hypersizer.com.
SOURCE: Collier Research Corp.