Design & Development
SABCA participates in most programs from the very first design phases. Its Engineering offices cope with all technical challenges that make a good product different from the others.
Almost 20 % of SABCA workforce is involved in design, stress calculations, testing, qualification, and production engineering.
Three specialties are covered :
- Complex structural assemblies, both metallic and composites.
- Advanced electrical / mechanical / hydraulic systems like Thrust Vectoring Systems, servo-actuators for space launchers,
devices for braking systems, etc...
- The integration of new navigation and weapon systems in aging military aircraft, giving them a second or third life.
SABCA' engineering uses the most up-to-date tools like CATIA v5, Nastran/Patran and SAMCEF finite element models, full integration with the plant production through SAP, softwares for fatigue, damage tolerances and other special purposes, etc…
Development tests are conducted both at SABCA and as a support to the customer. In some of the tests performed at our plant, large jacks were used to apply a loads of more than 600 tons on our structural assemblies !
Besides the activities directly linked with the development and production contracts, the SABCA Group prepares the future by investing in the technologies of the future. This is done with our own funds but also within large research programs like the European framework programs and the Walloon "Plan Marshall". Examples are a participation in the FP6 "Mojo" program and the development of composite SQRTM techniques.
In order to reinforce its position in the composite field, SABCA has become a member of the Network of Competence CFK-Valley Stade.