Developing the Transition® Flying Car: Using Physics-Based Simulation to Design Air-Worthy Composite Structures

Previously recorded on - Thursday, March 6, 2014   1:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

Developing a practical vehicle that simultaneously satisfies road and aircraft regulations to become a true "flying car" presents significant engineering challenges. Yet this is what the team at Terrafugia has achieved with their proof-of-concept vehicle known as the Transition®, which has been flying and driving for the past 2 years. The next generation prototype is currently in development with the aid of simulation packages to allow for rapid design iteration before performing required physical tests.

In this Webinar, Terrafugia will discuss the design process for the composite structure of the Transition® airframe and the role and benefits of physics based simulation.

 Speakers:
 
Mark Corriere, Vehicle Engineer, Terrafugia, Inc.

Mark is leading the analysis and simulation efforts of the Transition roadable aircraft for Terrafugia, where he has worked as a vehicle engineer for the last 3 years. He has spent the last year focused on qualifying the vehicle structure as it moves through the conceptual and preliminary development phases. Additionally, Mark is the system lead for the suspension, steering and braking systems of the aircraft. Mark holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University. 
 
   
 Nicholas Tucker, Senior Vehicle Engineer, Terrafugia, Inc.

Nick joined Terrafugia 3 years ago, and for the last year has worked to lay the the structural analysis foundation via material selection, and testing. Nick is also the system lead for the drivetrain, crumple zone, cabin, and drive test program. Nick graduated with a Mechanical Engineering BS from Columbia University, and previously worked for UTC in the Pratt & Whitney and Sikorsky divisions before coming to Terrafugia. 
 
Pierre Thieffry, Product Manager, ANSYS, Inc.  

Pierre is product line manager for structural mechanics solutions. He joined ANSYS, Inc. in 2002 serving first as an application engineer, then moving to the role of technical solution specialist for structural mechanics. Pierre holds an engineering degree and PhD in Mechanical Engineering.

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