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.
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Computational Study of a Subsonic Aircraft Design: Basic CFD Methods and CAD Designs
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Winkelmann, S, & Amano, RS. "Computational Study of a Subsonic Aircraft Design: Basic CFD Methods and CAD Designs." Proceedings of the 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. pp. 461-464. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/FEDSM2008-55325
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