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June 17, 2009

The ICARO Aeronautical Design Project

The ICARO project has been undertaken by the Basque corporation Tecnalia and the Spanish corporation Aernnova to develop Multidisciplinary Optimization (MDO) software to optimize the design of aircraft wings. The goal of the project is to reduce design variables such as manufacturing costs and weight and to develop innovations in aeronautical structures in composites for future aeronautical programs.

The design process for aircraft wings is complex, requiring diverse factors such as mechanical loads, vibrations, fluid dynamics, and temperature to be balanced against viability and cost. MDO software aids the process by repeatedly calculating factors such as heat flow temperatures, finding valid designs, and then factoring in variables such as weight and cost.

Posted by BlogAuthor1 at June 17, 2009 2:12 AM
category: Design & Engineering

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