Innovative Approaches to the Automated Simulation of Aircraft Structural Joints in Structural Analysis Models

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-08-C-0351
Agency Tracking Number: N08A-002-0047
Amount: $69,928.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-T002
Solicitation Number: 2008.A
Small Business Information
2780 Skypark Drive, Suite 400, Torrance, CA, 90505
DUNS: 106823607
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 ADARSH PUN
 Principal Investigator
 (310) 626-8653
 apun@nextgenaero.com
Business Contact
 Zoltan Feher
Title: Manager, Contracts
Phone: (310) 626-8384
Email: zfeher@nextgenaero.com
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO
 Carlos D Molina
 9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0
La Jolla, CA, 92093
 (858) 534-0247
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
While there have been tremendous technological improvements in meshing technology in current commercial pre-processors, there is a gap in assembling meshed components. Engineers can usually mesh single parts with relative ease but the steps involved in identifying, cleaning up and modeling assembly features such as small tooling holes, washers, contact surfaces, and lugs consume a disproportionate amount of time and the subsequent step of generating connections and assembling meshed parts is both time consuming and is usually approximated to simulate the load transfer between the assembly parts. An innovative approach that focuses on utilizing assembly features in an advanced simulation framework is proposed. The research will demonstrate advanced techniques for assembly modeling early is in the design cycle to mitigate costs associated with costly retrofits and/or program delays.

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