Optima – Optimisation for Abaqus composites

Optima is a collaboration project between GRM Consulting Ltd, Red Bull Advanced Technologies and McLaren aiming to develop and implement composite optimisation algorithms with the Abaqus non-linear solver.

Optima will develop the ability to derive composite ply shapes to meet multiple structural requirements through the capability to calculate 100,000s of design sensitivities derived from the non-linear model.

Collaborative Partners

GRM Consulting Limited (Lead)

Red Bull Advanced Technologies


IDE people

James Williams

Monitoring Officer

total project spend

The project will make use of Industry leading expertise across automotive and motorsport sectors and will deliver unique non-linear ply shape optimisation capabilities, improving digital product development, with a truly international market appeal.

"OPTIMA aims to deliver technical advances in composite designs through the integration of a optimisation engine (OptiAssist) and the non-linear analysis of Abaqus, developing a product to meet the high aspirations of our technical partners and providing a step change in maximising material efficiency.” 

Martin Gambling,

Managing Director, GRM Consulting Ltd.


Watch the dissemination webinar held earlier this year to hear more about the ply shape optimisation technologies that have been developed and how they can be used to leverage the flexibility of composite materials. 


An IDE Funded Project