HyperSizer composites optimisation software now faster and easier to use

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The wing box structure of a commercial aircraft is illustrated with FE sizing zones. HyperSizer software will size the stiffened wing cover to obtain optimum stiffener cross sections and detailed composite ply layup schedules.
The wing box structure of a commercial aircraft is illustrated with FE sizing zones. HyperSizer software will size the stiffened wing cover to obtain optimum stiffener cross sections and detailed composite ply layup schedules.

Version 6.4.5 of HyperSizer is said to be based on a reconfigured core technology with built-in 'intelligence' that produces more accurate answers with less user input. 

“We’ve developed a completely different approach that will make the general engineer’s job easier while providing reliable results much faster than before,” claims Collier Research president and founder Craig Collier.

For many engineers, a working knowledge of composite design and optimisation will be an essential requirement for future product development. If you really want organisations to be successful implementing composites, we’re going to have to start making the process less complicated. This latest version of HyperSizer software is an important step in that direction.
Craig Collier, president and founder, Collier Research

“The software requires less input from the user to set up an optimisation of, say, an aerospace structural component or a wind turbine blade. It looks at load magnitude and from there is able to configure itself automatically to do a pre-setup of the proper optimisation parameters. This gives the engineer consistent, reliable results regardless of their expertise level.”

The analysis engine of HyperSizer v6.4.5 also takes advantage of today’s high-performance computing technology to speed up runs by 200-400%. Optional quick sizing and variable tuning capabilities are as much as 1000 times faster.

For the wind energy industry, weight/cost optimisation has also been added to enable engineers to include the effects of material choices on tools, labour, facilities, etc., when studying tradeoffs between carbon fibre and glass fibre. 

The first software commercialised out of NASA, HyperSizer is the flagship product of Collier Research Corporation. It provides stress analysis and sizing optimisation, reducing the weight of aircraft, space vehicles, wind turbine blades and other structures, whether designed with composite or metallic materials.