Advertorial: Hexagon Studio Continues to Create Innovative and Indigenous Solutions
Hexagon Studio successfully completed numerous projects in a diverse range of industries, such as the automotive, defence, composite boat, tractor and special purpose agriculture machinery throughout its 11 year-history. Established in 2006 with 100 percent domestic capital, based on the vision of “becoming a leading design and engineering company that provides solutions for transportation, defence and maritime industries”, the company considers its human resources to be the most important asset and focuses on continuous development, not only in terms of quantity but also in terms of quality. Shaping its technological infrastructure with a view to meet tomorrow’s requirements, Hexagon Studio follows all steps of the design process starting with the product concept, and continued with verification through engineering prototypes that it builds in its own model and prototype workshop. The company offers its customers with the deliverables of its R&D based design and development activities within a program management approach.
Within the scope of national defence industry policies, Hexagon Studio assumes an active role in national projects which are structured for developing indigenous product strategies. Owing to the added value it has generated in the indigenous design and development projects it has been supporting since 2008, the company currently stands as a much-sought after solution partner in Turkey. After being certified as an R&D centre in 2011, the company acquired the National and NATO Secret Facility Security Clearances in 2013 and the Ministry of National Defence Production Permit in 2016, thus proving itself as a reliable member of the industry.
The main projects successfully completed by Hexagon Studio as a mechanical design subcontractor, within the first five years after its foundation, are listed as follows:
- Conceptual development of a bridge console for naval ships,
- Weight/durability optimisation of an armoured tactical vehicle,
- Feeding and routing mechanisms for munitions of different calibres,
- Depth bomb launcher turret for antisubmarine warfare,
- Shock damping mechanisms for electronic warfare systems,
- Design and manufacture of a test and simulation platform.
Also working actively in the design and development of composite boats for the civil use, Hexagon Studio is eager to transfer its knowledge and experience in this field to the defence industry.
Superior CBRN Protection
During the last three years, Hexagon Studio has successfully applied the dual use advantages of its engineering solutions initially developed for different industries to the defence industry. As such, the company has transferred the injection part design capabilities it acquired in the automotive industry to the design and development of new generation CBRN gas masks. Considering the different anthropometric features of users as physical design limits, the company took into account, during the design process, different parameters that directly affect the usage of the gas masks in the field, such as the angle of vision, ergonomics of use, functionality assessments of the water drinking port, and the need for taking aim with a weapon. The result was a new generation gas mask design with modern outlines. The project stands out as a successful example of work in which R&D and aesthetics were blended in an innovative product.
The Rear Ramp of Armoured Vehicles by Hexagon Studio
For land combat platforms, the ability of each individual subsystem to meet the performance requirements associated with difficult conditions of use and natural conditions is highly important for ensuring the adequate performance and functionality of the vehicle as a whole. Just as the strength of a chain is determined by its weakest link, the most vulnerable parts of a land platform include the subsystems that allow the personnel’s safe ingress and egress, such as the vehicle’s doors and emergency exit hatches. In addition to exhibiting ballistic and blast resistance, these subsystems are expected to meet usage requirements under the harshest terrain and conditions of use, without experiencing any functional loss.
Based on this need, Hexagon Studio designed a rear ramp for use on the armoured personnel carriers of one of Turkey’s leading land platform OEMs. A final design that would best meet the end user’s requirements was selected among a number of different concepts that comprised all necessary subsystems, such as the main drive system, mechanical lock, emergency exit hatch, impermeability components, manual override for cases of emergency, and hydraulic circuit. The technical data package of the project has already been delivered to the customer.
Helicopters are Safe with Hexagon Studio
In addition to its knowledge and experience in mechanical design, Hexagon Studio has also added to its skill pool various new capabilities, such as electronic control architecture design, system modelling, control software development, and system verification through Hardware-In-the-Loop (HIL) simulations. Using such capabilities, the company is also bringing to maturity it activities towards determining gust envelope maps on ships for helicopter operations.
Determining the safe zone for the safe approach or departure of a rotary wing aircraft that is landing on or taking-off from a floating or fixed naval platform necessitates a mathematical modelling that is somewhat complex and precise. The speed and direction of the wind, the geometry, speed and direction of the floating platform are all critical parameters used in the developed model. Another important step of this process is the helicopter flight manoeuvre simulations that are performed, in parallel, by using both the pilot reflex model and the helicopter flight dynamics model. The combined outputs of these two studies are the maps for the Ship Helicopter Operation Limits and the Deck Interface Pilot Effort Scale.
By taking into account the speed and direction of the wind, and considering the pilot’s reflex behaviour as a parameter, the obtained maps inform the pilot whether landing or take-off can be performed safely, given certain approach and departure manoeuvres for the naval and air platforms. In this respect, these maps are of vital importance.
Control Systems Are also Covered
Another area on which the company has increasingly focused over the past three years is control systems. Nowadays, vehicle electronics, and especially power and vehicle control systems, have gained a wide area of use. This has led to a reshaping of the areas of expertise of Hexagon Studio, which is already spending considerable time and effort on electric vehicle technologies. Prior to physical testing of vehicle electronics, designed in accordance with international standards, on prototype vehicles, the company models and runs these subsystems in a high fidelity computer environment, and carries out HIL simulations in a laboratory environment to identify possible errors. Using the mathematical model it develops for vehicles and subsystems in a computer environment, Hexagon Studio can test the real-time and embedded control algorithms designed by its own qualified engineering workforce.
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