Conceptual Aircraft Design Environment: Case Study Evaluation of Computing Architecture Technologies
Mavris, Dimitri N.
Hale, Mark A.
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Designers need to use a variety of different codes in order to solve today's complex design problems; codes which must all be made to work together. Tools can be developed which facilitate the integration of these varied codes, so that they can be used together to solve a single problem. Using a computational architecture, a procedure has been set up which allows for a complete aerodynamic analysis of a High Speed Civil Transport. The computer architecture serves as a framework within which any number of diverse codes can be linked; data can be exchanged, stored, and otherwise managed; and decisions regarding the design of a vehicle can be made. The use of a computational tool called a Process Element as the method of code implementation allows for the basic analysis procedure to be easily modified and added to and to be used with higher-level, probabilistic-based design methods. By means of the High Speed Civil Transport aerodynamic analysis example problem described in this paper, the key features of the computational architecture, as well as its capabilities and limitations, are examined and evaluated.