Automated Computational Fluid Dynamics Design With Shape Optimization

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNS04AA23C
Agency Tracking Number: 033485
Amount: $68,464.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solitcitation Year: 2003
Solitcitation Topic Code: A4.05
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2825 West 1700 North, Idaho Falls, ID, 83402-0000
Duns: 012832130
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ernest Perry
 Principal Investigator
 (801) 400-0105
Business Contact
 Mark Landon
Title: Business Official
Phone: (208) 521-4660
Research Institution
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is used as an analysis tool to help the designer gain greater understanding of the fluid flow phenomena involved in the components being designed. The next step in the design process is to modify the design to improve the componentys performance, typically performed manually by the designer in a trial and error fashion. The innovations proposed herein will provide important advances in the state-of-the-art of automatic CFD shape deformation and optimization software. Optimal Solutions Software (OSS) has been developing a software program called Sculptor, which provides capabilities to perform shape deformation and optimization in CFD design. When the innovations proposed herein are included in Sculptor, and coupled with NASAys Stennis Space Centerys (SSC) CFD code, a truly innovative and significant design tool will be available to perform automatic shape optimization. Sculptor can find new geometric shapes, in a timely manner that likely would not have been discovered without its use. Therefore Sculptor is an innovator in and of itself, when used by knowledgeable engineers.

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