Designer & President
Andrew Higgs | President AC Aero
Much of my career has been spent developing Formula One engine technologies; I also have experience designing and upgrading components in other professional racing formulas, such as Indy, LMP1 and MotoGP.
The balance is among performance, reliability, and the various regulations in materials and design vs actual engine manufacturing. In aviation, this balance is necessarily tilted toward reliability, endurance and ease of maintenance. We use the following tools: 3D Catia modeling; Solidworks; ProE; thermal and mechanical finite element analysis; computational fluid dynamics and fatigue post processing software; we have developed proprietary valve-train software, and have a vast experience with advanced materials and coatings.
The goals are weight reduction and improved power to weight ratio, cleaner component packaging, and increased reliability, and fuel efficiency.