Ridge Corporation Teams With FlexSys, Inc. to Advance Aerodynamic Technology

PATASKALA, Ohio , June 28, 2017 (Newswire.com) - On June 16, 2017, Ridge Corporation teamed with aerospace technology company FlexSys Inc. to apply their advanced technology to aerodynamic devices used in the trucking industry to reduce drag and improve fuel efficiency. FlexSys, a Michigan-based company, has been developing advanced aircraft wing technologies with the Air Force Research Laboratories for the past 16 years and has validated their concepts through ongoing NASA flight tests on a Gulfstream business jet (See video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lvlucywvtd4). The patented technology involves variable-geometry control surface mechanisms that use the inherent flexibility of aerospace materials to continuously reshape optimal aerodynamic profiles.  

“Ridge’s goal is to incorporate this new technology as a complement to our own engineering expertise and our ability to quickly move new technologies to market”, said Ridge Corporation’s CEO Gary Grandominico.

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FlexSys Featured in Professional Boatbuilder Magazine

The October/November 2016 issue Professional BoatBuilder magazine featured FlexSys technology in an article describing the ways that new technologies in aviation can be used in the boatbuilding industry. In particular, the author notes that the wing morphing technology used in aerospace applications can be applied to trim tab planes on boat hulls, which can control attitude of the hull with less sacrifice in drag than conventional trim tabs.

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FlexSys Wins JEC Composite Innovation Award in Design

Category: DESIGN
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.

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