RESEARCH PAPERS: Other Technical Papers

Automated Design of Aerospace Structures

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R. E. Fulton

Automated Methods Section, NASA, Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.

H. G. McComb

Design Technology Branch, NASA, Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.

J. Eng. Ind 96(1), 217-225 (Feb 01, 1974) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3438301 History: Received May 24, 1973; Online July 15, 2010


The current state-of-the-art in structural analysis of aerospace vehicles is characterized, automated design technology is discussed, and an indication is given of the future direction of research in analysis and automated design. Representative computer programs for analysis typical of those in routine use in vehicle design activities are described, and results are shown for some selected analysis problems. Recent and planned advances in analysis capability are indicated. Techniques used to automate the more routine aspects of structural design are discussed, and some recently developed automated design computer programs are described. Finally, discussion is presented of early accomplishments in interdisciplinary automated design systems, and some indication of the future thrust of research in this field is given.

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