Environment for Integrated Design and Analysis of Composite Structures

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-04-C-3420
Agency Tracking Number: F031-1425
Amount: $749,940.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solitcitation Year: 2003
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF03-237
Solitcitation Number: 2003.1
Small Business Information
11180 Reed Hartman Highway, Cincinnati, OH, 45242
Duns: 868140278
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stephen Hill
 (513) 985-9877
Business Contact
 John Marino
Phone: (513) 985-9877
Email: john.marino@technosoft.com
Research Institution
An integrated design and analysis environment for composite structures is proposed. It supports layout and configuration, analysis and sizing, and production detailing. Optimization of parametric vehicle layouts and configurations is coupled with preliminary structural sizing. Complete production models are automated, capturing laminate, tow orientation, ply drop, and transition region connectivity details. Analysis modeling of resulting detailed 3D models is automated to correlate with initial preliminary analysis results used for sizing. Throughout the process, manufacturability is assessed in order to eliminate bad designs and rework. The environment will facilitate the development of advanced vehicle structure concepts in support of certification by analysis. It will be an integral part of an environment covering all aspects of the air vehicle engineering process including design and layout, coupled aerodynamic and structural analyses, sizing, and production detailing. Developed on an underlying object-oriented architecture, the environment can be easily extended to support additional analyses and modeling requirements. In collaboration with Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin, the environment will be tested on JSF, JUCAV, and JASSM. The overall engineering process for evaluating potential vehicle structure concepts is enhanced through knowledge-based engineering supporting design for producability with lower cost and quicker turnaround from concept to final details.

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