Interface-Driven Multidisciplinary Design of Large-Scale Aircraft Structures

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 32202
Amount: $730,406.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1997
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
4300 San Mateo Blvd Ne Ste, A220, Albuquerque, NM, 87110
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David R. Oakley
 (919) 876-0018
Business Contact
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Research Institution
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Abstract
Under the proposed research an Interface-Driven Design Manager (IDM) for CAD packages will be developed to greatly reduce the design cycle time for aircraft structures. The IDM represents a first attempt to fully integrate powerful new interface element and design management technologies into the CAD environment. These emerging technologiies have the potential for making multidisciplinary design optimization of large-scale structures practical and for providing new levels of design automation that are currently not possible. For example, interface element technology will allow complex airframe structures, such as a wing box, to be rapidly assembled from a database of pre-meshed 'stock' components, without concern for mesh compatibility. Interface elements can also be used for global-local analysis to provide higher fidelity results during conceptual design, without large increases in the computational cost. The IDM design will be centered on an object-oriented representation of components that will allow for the eventual integration of physics-based manufacturing and costing models.

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