Friday, July 4, 2014

News: PES at the Grand Départ

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Performance Engineered Solutions (PES), engineering design specialists based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham, are hoping to secure more business on the back of this weekend's Yorkshire Grand Départ and the Tour de France.

The Grand Départ is the opening of the race of the Tour de France and is regularly held outside France to promote the event and the sport of cycling. Two stages are taking place in Yorkshire this weekend, taking in spectacular cities and countryside between Leeds and Harrogate in Stage 1 and York to Sheffield in Stage 2.

It is conservatively estimated that the economic impact of hosting the Grand Départ will be worth approximately £100m to the Yorkshire economy.

As part of hosting the largest and most watched annual sporting event in the world, organisers have been keen to maximise every opportunity for the region, and that includes its businesses.

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and partners are hosting a two day festival, taking place yesterday and today at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield.

The Grand Départ International Business Festival showcases the very best of Yorkshire's businesses, with Sheffield's festival programme highlighting the world class innovation within the city region, throwing the spotlight on thriving sectors such as Sport & Healthcare Technologies, Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering and Creative Digital Industries.

PES is one of 30 innovative companies at the festival and are hosting two specialist engineering fringe events.

PES Ltd was established based on the F1 concept of driving innovation in multiple sectors. It specialises in enhancing the performance of components, products and systems by delivering integrated engineering thinking alongside innovative design, materials, manufacturing and testing technologies.

The innovative company has been showcasing its involvement in cutting edge sports technology including those used to gain a competitive advantage in cycling, skeleton bob, Moto GP and golf.

Amongst the projects displayed by PES is the new Ribble 883 Aero bike, which has been designed, modelled and tested in conjunction with PES Performance. Hours of advanced computer simulations have resulted in a composite frameset of varying aerodynamic profiles, "engineered to tame the wind."

Also on display is the "epic" DR-Moto GP Track Bike. PES worked with on the aerodynamic package for the project which has designed and manufactured a MotoGP eligible specification bike, bringing Grand Prix level technology and performance to the enthusiast rider.

With 198 bhp and a weight of only 160 kg, the bike has a Power:Weight Ratio double that of the Bugatti Veyron and can be yours in its basic specification for only £90,000!

The stand also features a piece of Formula One history with the original wind tunnel model of Michael Schumacher's first Ferrari F1 car, the 1996 F310. The model is 50% scale & was used in the development of the car's aerodynamic performance.

Dan Fleetcroft, engineering design director at PES worked with F1 design legend John Barnard, when Barnard was Head of Engineering for the Ferrari team.

Dan Fleetcroft, engineering director and co-owner of PES, said: "At the highest level of sport it is sometimes the sum of multiple small gains that provide a winning combination rather than a completely novel concept, evolution rather than revolution. However in both approaches it is engineering design with an obsessive attention to detail that deliver the winning margin."

In addition to discussing some of the sporting projects, Dan has also been discussing the application of composites through engineering design. The technique is evolving and PES recently carried out research into the use of biocomposites, gaining interest from automotive clients interested in making bodywork panels for cars from materials such as hemp and cashew nut resin.

PES website
Grand Depart Sheffield website

Images: PES

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