Chinese Aircraft Producer Uses ESI Group Software For Better Design

ESI Group, a world leader in prototype simulation software solutions, has forged a strategic collaboration for aeronautic composites manufacturing engineering with Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group, a major Chinese aircraft manufacturer and partner for global aviation industry. Chengdu Aircraft has recently completed its implementation of ESI Group’s composites simulation solution in its aircraft design and manufacturing engineering process. Today, the new generation composite parts in aircraft are one of the major innovations in aviation industry that dramatically make the aircraft lighter, improving the aircraft performance and operation efficiency.

As a global aviation partner, Chengdu Aircraft is also a supplier of major aircraft manufacturers across the world, manufacturing various parts for currently used modern aircrafts, as well as of some composite parts for future generation airliners. The virtual simulation solution from ESI Group enables Chengdu Aircraft to simulate the entire process of composite parts design and manufacturing. The fast rendering time accelerates the time-to-manufacture of reliable and performing composite parts and ensures they’re built right the first time. Therefore, implementing virtual simulation helps Chengdu Aircraft to meet their customer requirements of challenges in 21st century aviation industry.

“ESI Group’s virtual simulation solution for composite parts manufacturing engineering is really revolutionary,” says Yougi Wen, chief manufacturing engineer at Chengdu Aircraft. “It changes the entire process of composite design and manufacturing at Chengdu Aircraft. The software takes the design requirement of aircraft performance into consideration and enables us to know well in advance, as early as in the preliminary design phase, what defects might occur in the composite parts due to the different methods or processes in manufacturing.”

“We are very pleased with their progress at Chengdu Aircraft regarding the use of ESI Group’s virtual simulation for composite parts with the full participation of their newly founded manufacturing engineering division,” says Patrick de Luca, product manager for composite solutions at ESI Group. “Chengdu Aircraft and ESI ATE engineers, a subsidiary of ESI Group in China, have been joining forces in working together more than six months to implement the methods and adapt the technologies to meet various challenges and requirements in innovation of composite parts, with full satisfaction from the customer side.”

About Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group:
Chengdu Aircraft Industry (Group) Corporation of the China Aviation Industry Corporation was founded in 1958 and is a leading developer of civilian and military aircrafts and other industrial products in the Chinese aerospace industry.

About ESI Group:
ESI Group is a world-leading supplier, and a pioneer of digital simulation software for prototyping and manufacturing processes that take into account the physics of materials. ESI Group has developed an extensive suite of coherent, industry oriented applications to realistically simulate a product’s behavior during testing, to fine-tune manufacturing processes in accordance with desired product performance, and evaluate the environment’s impact on product performance. ESI Group’s products, which have a proven track record in manufacturing and have been combined in multi-trade value chains, represent a unique collaborative and open virtual engineering solution known as the Virtual Try-Out Space (VTOS), enabling virtual prototypes to be improved in a continuous and collaborative manner. This integrated protocol allows all the company’s solutions to work with each other and with applications developed by independent software vendors. By significantly reducing costs and development lead times and enabling product/process synergies, VTOS solutions offer major competitive advantage by progressively eliminating the need for physical prototypes during product development. The company generated sales of nearly $90 million in 2006, employs more than 600 high-level specialists worldwide covering more than 30 countries. ESI Group is listed in Eurolist compartment C of Euronext Paris. For further information, visit

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