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Expliseat uses ESI's Virtual Seat Solution to develop the world's lightest aircraft seat

22 July 2014

ESI Group

The ESI Group, pioneer and world-leading supplier of virtual prototyping software for manufacturing industries, announces that Expliseat has obtained certification for their revolutionary Titanium aircraft seat; developed with the help of ESI's Virtual Seat Solution. French company Expliseat thereby releases the lightest seat ever certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

The Titanium seat was developed in record time thanks to a highly innovative design and manufacturing process. Expliseat used ESI's Virtual Seat Solution to develop and test fully virtual seat prototypes; easily conducting many iterations without the need to build numerous (and costly) real prototypes.

"Virtual Prototyping empowers SMEs to shorten the pre-industrial phase of their new products - and to do so with minimum initial investment," explains Fouad El-Khaldi, Industry Strategy & Innovation General Manager, ESI Group.

Virtual Seat Solution is a dedicated software solution for seat design, manufacturing and performance that takes into account the physical behavior of materials and enables virtual pre-certification of a seat before final testing of the real seat.

Thanks to Virtual Seat Solution, Expliseat was able to develop and test newly patented technologies that are used to absorb the shocks felt by aircraft passengers during the flight and thereby increase comfort.

"Virtual Prototyping is a proven industrial approach to pre-certify the manufacturing process and performance of an innovative product, such as our Titanium seat. Our experience working with ESI's Virtual Seat Solution confirms the efficiency of this solution in speeding up innovation. Virtual Seat Solution has helped us reduce drastically the development time usually required to design an innovative product, and has allowed us to increase the business value of our company in record time!" explains Vincent Tejedor, CTO of Expliseat.

Available for Airbus 320 and Boeing 737 aircrafts, the new Titanium Seat from Expliseat fulfills the many requirements of an economy class seat: light weight, sleek design, excellent ergonomics, ease of personalization, safety, and durability. 

Combining the use of new materials with a novel design, Expliseat's super-lightweight Titanium Seat weighs only 4 kilograms. It is the first seat ever certified by EASA under the 5kg mark. The seat features an innovative titanium and composite structure, which can be covered either with textile or leather materials. The Titanium Seat offers at least 50 percent weight saving compared with today's lightest existing models (8 to 10 kilograms); a significant weight reduction that can translate into an estimated 3 to 5 percent fuel saving - or $ 300,000 to $ 500,000 per aircraft per year.

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