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Computational Study of a Subsonic Aircraft Design: Basic CFD Methods and CAD Designs

[+] Author Affiliations
Scott Winkelmann, Ryoichi S. Amano

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

Paper No. FEDSM2008-55325, pp. 461-464; 4 pages
  • ASME 2008 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting collocated with the Heat Transfer, Energy Sustainability, and 3rd Energy Nanotechnology Conferences
  • Volume 1: Symposia, Parts A and B
  • Jacksonville, Florida, USA, August 10–14, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4840-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3832-3
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


This investigation explores the methodology, using various computational tools and processes, involved in designing the fuselage of an aircraft. The design begins using 3-Dimensional modeling software and a basic understanding of aerodynamics. The form of the aircraft is built using only a few simple features and is then ready for the meshing process. Picking a simple tetrahedral mesh, rather than a more complicated hexahedral mesh, will allow this process to proceed even faster and also requires only a basic understanding of meshing. Once the geometry is completed the mesh may be moved into Computational Fluid Dynamics software and a wind tunnel simulation can be preformed. Developing a connection between each of these steps will allow the design to be manipulated in many different ways.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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