The TAIS-team develops and manufactures individual composite solutions for the sport of sailing!

Why do fiber-reinforced composites make your sail boat faster or easier to sail?

To redefine the state of the art in the high-performance boat building the Technical Aspects Sailing GmbH collaborates with leading German research institutions. Innovative processing technologies are developed, and computational expertise from the aerospace sector is introduced depending on the requirements in the product development cycle. New modules for the finite-element software are implemented for special purpose applications.

The Target is the development, and production of components made of fiber-reinforced plastics, which perform optimally on the water or offer a better cost/performance ratio. Products with a focus on optimizing the stiffness or mass reduction mainly use carbon fibers owed to their superior material specifics. In case deformation/bending properties are required, such as adaptive foil geometries, hybrid components, with fiber design aligned according to load paths, special types of glass fibers must be taken into account.

Specific tensile properties of selected materials

There exists a variety of processing technologies for the production of fiber-reinforced composites. Some technologies could not sustain for geometric / material restrictions or economic criteria. Therefore, in the early phase of development of the entire cost cycle has to be carefully considered. Working with complex composite process chains is always an arrangement of four interdependent modules:

  • Strength and stiffness optimization (body structure)
  • Topology optimization (body geometry)
  • Costs (cycle time)
  • Manufacturing (automation of processes)

Interlocking of the modules in the development of fiber-plastic composites

Once the manufacturing module is tuned, the consequences for any other module, for instance, thestructural computation has to be considered. With a variation of the geometrical shape, the developer must provide a producible feedback, and in addition, a cost calculation and structural optimization need to be performed again. A successful synchronization of the modules is a necessary requirement for all composite structures. Composites are very specialized products, that are simulated andoptimized on the basis of their anisotropic material behavior for specific load cases. To come close to a globally optimized customer solution all modern FE-methods  and CAE technologies are used and further developed.