See what the Press is saying about the technology on these new Hypercars by Aston Martin. The Valkyrie incorporates a wiper system that allows for a high curvature wind screen. The AM-RB 003 incorporates FlexFoil morphing technology on the rear wing.Read More
Ann Arbor, MI – March 5, 2019
Aerospace technology company FlexSys Inc. has joined forces with Aston Martin to apply their advanced FlexFoil™ technology to Aston Martin’s latest ultra-high-performance vehicle. On March 5, 2019, Aston Martin announced that the rear wing of their new AM-RB 003 hypercar will incorporate FlexFoil™ shape adaptive wing technology.
FlexSys Inc. has worked with Aston Martin over the past several years to develop technologies ranging from the AM-RB 003 morphing wing, to the Valkyrie windshield wiper system that enables rain clearance throughout the entire sweep of an extremely complex windscreen. David Hornick, President and COO of FlexSys Inc. describes Aston Martin as being “laser focused from the start of our relationship, on achieving technical perfection in performance car systems and aerodynamics”.
The shape adaptive rear wing on the AM-RB 003 allows for the car’s downforce to be changed without changing the mounting position of the wing, resulting in a seamless design with high performance, improved efficiency and reduced wind noise. In addition, the turbulence and associated drag increase found in current “state of the art” active wing designs is virtually eliminated.
FlexSys, a Michigan based company, has been developing advanced aircraft wing technologies with the United States Air Force Research Laboratories for the past 18 years and has validated the fuel savings and noise reduction benefits of its seamless shape adaptive wings through extensive NASA flight testing on a modern aircraft. The patented technology involves variable-geometry control surface mechanisms that exploit the inherent flexibility of aerospace materials to continuously reshape wing profiles for optimal performance throughout the flight.
About FlexSys, Inc.
FlexSys Inc., an Ann Arbor Michigan based company, was founded in 2000 by Dr. Sridhar Kota to develop and commercialize his patented design of a shape-morphing adaptive control surface of an airfoil. As a professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan (1987-present), Dr. Kota initiated research in compliant mechanisms in the 1990s and pioneered the bio-inspired concept of Distributed Compliance for designing strong and flexible one-piece machines. FlexSys developed proprietary software for creation and optimization of compliant systems and successfully demonstrated the application of compliant design methods for aerospace, automotive and other applications over the years. Today, FlexSys is an established world leader in shape-adaptive structures.
For more information please contact David Hornick, President, FlexSys Inc. via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone: (734) 527-7034. www.flxsys.com
The most interesting part has got to be the rear wing. It's equipped with something called FlexFoil, a NASA-validated aerospace tech that promises leaps in aerodynamic performance. Here's how Aston explains it:
The system allows for the car’s downforce to be changed without changing the physical angle of the entire element, resulting in a seamless design with high performance, improved efficiency and reduced wind noise. Turbulence and the associated drag increase found in current “state of the art” active wing designs is virtually eliminated too.
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Winner: FlexSys Inc. (USA)
Name of Product or Process: Compliant design technology and software for product designers of the future
Description: By using compliant design expertise and methods, FlexSys was able to design a single-piece wiper arm and blade that costs less and both outlasts and outperforms traditional metal assemblies. A composite thermoplastic of 30%-glass-filled PBT was determined to have the required properties and characteristics to meet the demands and provide the necessary strength/stiffness ratio. The single-piece moulded design eliminates 11 parts along with the associated assembly, weighs half as much, and costs only 1/3 as much as the legacy design.Read More
Aviation Partner's Joe Clark was honored by the National Business Aviation Association with the 2015 Meritorious Aviation Service Award for his contributions to Aviation. The award was presented at the 2015 NBAA Conference on November 17 in Las Vegas, NV where FlexSys' joint venture with Aviation Partners was also announced.Read More
Seattle, Washington based Aviation Partners, Inc. and FlexSys, Inc. of Ann Arbor, Michigan are forming a JV. The new company, Aviation Partners FlexSys (APF), is being founded to commercialize the patented ‘wing morphing’ technology which FlexSys, Inc. has been working on since its formation in 2000. FlexSys’ FlexFoil™ variable geometry control surface mechanisms were recently test flown on a Gulfstream business jet.Read More
FlexSys has been honored with a Tibbetts SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) Award for Companies for its work with the US Small Business Association to get FlexSys technology in the air.Read More
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ANN ARBOR, MICH — January 13, 2014
The long-sought elusive goal of practical, seamless control surface technologies has finally been realized with the introduction of a variable geometry airfoil by FlexSys, Inc. The technology was showcased at the AIAA convention in Washington, DC January 13–15.Read More