Engineering consultancy Frazer-Nash has successfully completed a contract to accurately model impact damage on the new Airbus A350 XWB.

The team at engineering consultancy Frazer-Nash (Dorking, U.K.) analyzed particular areas on the leading edge and lower wing covers of the A350 XWB wings, with particular focus on the composite components.

The work involved Frazer-Nash conducting non-linear Finite Element Analysis to evaluate the predicted damage to the leading edge structures during bird impacts for different speeds and angles. The work also assessed the integrity of the wing lower covers in the event of tire debris impact.

Glyn Norris, Aerospace Business Manager at Frazer-Nash, “This project has been a great success. We were able to use our extensive modelling experience to support Airbus in successfully gaining certification”