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.
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
Nicholas Tucker, Senior Vehicle Engineer, Terrafugia, Inc.
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.