"Ansys SpaceClaim, Workbench and Mechanical solutions provide us with a seamless system for the 3D design, engineering and manufacturing of kayaks and canoes. We rely on Ansys to simulate large numbers of material changes and boat designs without the considerable expenses incurred when relying solely on physical prototyping and testing. Simulation gives us the confidence that our customers will be getting into a safe, reliable and high-performing boat at an affordable price."
— Paul Gentile, PE, Ph.D., Owner/Mechanical Engineer / First Water PLLC
Kayakers and canoeists demand adventure-capable watercraft with a hull that is durable, responsive, affordable and lightweight. The hull must also balance stability with speed. With an infinite number of possible composite layups and hull geometries, simulation is necessary to optimize each boat model design within an acceptable timeframe and budget. Engineering simulation is also paramount to ensure that the boats meet key safety parameters and regulations.
Simulation software was required to reduce the need for expensive and timeconsuming lofting, manufacturing and testing of boat prototypes. The software needed to be capable of quickly creating and modifying complex 3D parts and assemblies, with a seamless transition between design, engineering and manufacturing. The simulation solution needed to be capable of finite element analysis (FEA) of composite layups.