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September 2007 edition

Research programme looks at the lighter side of design life

Advances in the manufacture and design of flexible lightweight structures for unmanned aircraft should be among the benefits generated by research that aims to cut development time for new civil and military aircraft.

The US$35 million CFMS Core programme is focused on increasing the power of computational fluid dynamics simulations through the development of advanced software algorithms. It will also enable better use to be made of off-the-shelf computer hardware.

BAE Systems’ CFMS Core Programme technical manager David Standingford says: “The networking of powerful commodity hardware will provide a more accessible alternative to the supercomputers normally used for CFD calculations. We are, however, going beyond CFD and trying to create simulation tools to achieve a more complete pict....

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