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German Aerospace Center DLR and ESAComp Software Developer Componeering Inc. Start Collaboration

DLR Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems (Braunschweig, Germany) and Componeering Inc. (Helsinki, Finland) have signed an agreement for composites software related collaboration. Componeering develops a general-purpose composites design software tool ESAComp, which originates from European Space Agency (ESA) supported work.

Componeering sees that the vast experience of DLR in the composites technology is a great asset in further enhancing the ESAComp software. The types of collaboration may include, for instance, the implementation of DLR developed analysis and design approaches in ESAComp and utilization of the extensive experimental data gathered by DLR. The end-users of ESAComp may also benefit from the use of the accredited DLR test services to obtain material data for design purposes.

DLR sees benefit in using ESAComp as its standard composite analysis tool and a development platform for new simulation and design approaches. The collaboration with Componeering can bring the new developments faster to the practicing engineers as integrated and verified software solutions. In the past DLR developed LamTech software for composite analyses. DLR has decided to discontinue the development of LamTech and recommends use of ESAComp as a follow-on tool. The collaboration between DLR and Componeering ensures that the needs of the current LamTech users are addressed properly.

Componeering Inc.  specializes in the analysis and design of high-performance composite structures. The development of ESAComp software together with related support services form the core business of Componeering. ESAComp is software for analysis and design of composite laminates, sandwich constructions, and structural elements made of laminates. The usage of ESAComp ranges from conceptual and preliminary design to analyses of details and post processing of finite element results. The European aerospace industry is the biggest customer group for ESAComp, but the user community is expanding to all industries using composites. Componeering develops also customized software solutions and provides consulting in composites design projects.

The DLR Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems  provides its services in business segments of composite lightweight structures, materials and processes development, simulation tools for lightweight designs, active lightweight systems and test facilities. The wide range of expertise makes it the ideal partner for industry, research establishments, ministries and civil aviation authorities to transfer scientific and technical know-how in the field of composite structures and adaptronics into application. The collaborative work with Componeering Inc. stands representatively for that interaction between research establishment and industrial partner.

German Aerospace Center DLR
Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Elmar Breitbach, Director
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Sinapius, Deputy Director

Lilienthalplatz 7
D - 38108 Braunschweig, Germany
tel: +49 (0) 531 295-2301

Componeering Inc.
Markku Palantera, General Manager

Itamerenkatu 8
FI-00180 Helsinki, Finland
tel: +358 9 4342 1550


Date: March 15, 2006