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Using a commercial CAD system for simultaneous input to theoretical aerodynamic programs and wind-tunnel model constructionThe Computer Aided Design (CAD) system's common geometry database was used to generate input for theoretical programs and numerically controlled (NC) tool paths for wind tunnel part fabrication. This eliminates the duplication of work in generating separate geometry databases for each type of analysis. Another advantage is that it reduces the uncertainty due to geometric differences when comparing theoretical aerodynamic data with wind tunnel data. The system was adapted to aerodynamic research by developing programs written in Design Analysis Language (DAL). These programs reduced the amount of time required to construct complex geometries and to generate input for theoretical programs. Certain shortcomings of the Design, Drafting, and Manufacturing (DDM) software limited the effectiveness of these programs and some of the Calma NC software. The complexity of aircraft configurations suggests that more types of surface and curve geometry should be added to the system. Some of these shortcomings may be eliminated as improved versions of DDM are made available.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Enomoto, F.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Keller, P.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
March 1, 1984
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Langley Research Center Computer-Aided Geometry Modeling
Subject Category
Computer Programming And Software
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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