Areva Challenge

France Brand: CATIA
Industry: Marine and Offshore

Areva Challenge is the French team that participated in the 32nd America’s Cup, the world’s oldest sporting trophy. For the 2007 edition, eleven challengers competed in Valencia, Spain and was the first time in the Cup’s history that all five continents were represented.

The Challenge

Due to a limited budget and a tight schedule, Areva Challenge had only one shot at designing its robust yet ultra-light America’s Cup sailboat

Dassault Systèmes Response

They took advantage of CATIA V5’s iterative process between geometry definition, composite design and FEA analysis in a virtual environment to optimize their design and get it right the first time


The complete definition and simulation of this high tech carbon structure in CATIA V5 helped Areva Challenge design a boat that was reliable and ready to sail just a few weeks before the race