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Design Engineering

Flyer’s design capabilities have roots in commercial vehicle development that have been married with extensive military vehicle experience in development, manufacturing and operational settings. Flyer’s engineering staff has backgrounds in military systems engineering, aerospace, automotive commercial and off road race car development, vehicle test, and specialized vehicle components. Working in a team environment, the staff leverages this broad experience to create a uniquely synergistic design environment. The success of this design team is demonstrated in creative approaches to design challenges.

Key to the Flyer Defense design approach is the use of modeling and simulation (M&S). M&S is used to rapidly evaluate the ability of vehicles to meet notional requirements and provide a “drive before build” capability. A principle goal of M&S is to support trade studies that are performed in development of next generation vehicles. Trade studies often focus on power train/drive line, chassis, steering, weapon system, weight and center of gravity. Flyer Defense leverages previous Flyer M&S activities that are resident in our database to accelerate design efforts, saving both time and money before the build phase.

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is conducted on the chassis and all critical components to ensure acceptability to peak loadings and fatigue cycles.

Comprehensive ADAMS analysis is conducted at both a system and a vehicle level to validate both steady state and dynamic vehicle responses on numerous events and vehicle configuration.

Matlab and dedicated in house software is used to analyze complete system events and resultant peak loads and associated fatigue cycles to ensure safety margins are always present.The high fidelity of all analysis conducted and physical correlation to physical testing is considered a critical success factor while virtual analysis enables a plethora of “what if’ analysis conducted under strict “Design of Experiments” guidelines and criteria.