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Software to Improve the Design of Aircraft Wings

By Basque Research

May 1, 2009

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TECNALIA is working with AERNNOVA on the ICARO project, which is developing multidisciplinary optimization software that would help design the most effective aircraft wings. The use of software would help designers address issues such as mechanical loads, vibrations, aeroelasticity, fluid dynamics, temperatures, viability, and cost. The ICARO project's software would calculate the temperatures of the heat flows that occur when the aircraft is parked on land, is in the ascent stage, cruising, and landing. The effectiveness of a proposed design would be determined by comparing the temperatures and flows calculated with the maximums and minimums that the structure can withstand. The automated process is repeated several times until the software finds a design that reduces weight and cost and addresses other key variables.

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