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Caterham Composites Case Study: Sliding Roof for Alex Thomson's HUGO BOSS yacht


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This case study describes how Caterham Composites designed a sliding coach roof for Alex Thomson's Open 60 HUGO BOSS yacht to protect the sailor from the harsh conditions expected during the Vendée Globe race.

With a limited budget, limited material options and a tight timeframe Caterham Composites used the HyperWorks Suite and the experience of Altair ProductDesign to handle the optimisation of the composite roof.

Caterham engineers used readily available materials of intermediate modulus carbon fibres in various forms for the outer part of the coach roof. For the core of the product, they used foam and Nomex.

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