After spending several years developing the initial Transition Roadable Aircraft prototype, Terrafugia identified multiple ways to adjust the original design including experimenting with alternative matgerials and sizing for the wings. To analyze the way the different materials would bend or move under various conditions, the company required software with advanced 3D composite ply-modeling, part-modeling, and material behavior simuulation capabilities.
For the upcoming second prototype, Terrafugia’s design team will use Catia to create preliminary design simulations. The software will help them optimize its designs based on product performance specifications and to make updates after real world testing. The team will also use the software to build and test reinforcement spars on the prototype’s structural panels. Using the technology, designers can verify whether it can feasibly produce what is designed and to perform simulations.
The Transition Roadable Aircraft can cruise 450 miles at more than 115 mph, take off and land at local airports, drive at highway speeds on any road, and fit in a normal suburban garage space. The two-seat vehicle has front wheel drive on the road and a propeller for flight, transforming from plane to car in thirty seconds. Both modes are powered by unleaded automobile gasoline. By giving pilots a convenient ground transportation option, the Transition reduces cost, inconvenience, and weather sensitivity of personal aviation.
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