New Products: September 2019 Aerospace & Defense Technology

Mobile Workstation

Eurocom's (Ottawa, Canada) latest mobile workstation, the Tornado F7W, features a modular MXM 3.1 slot-based GPU allowing easy reconfiguration of GPU capabilities. The GPUs offered are ISV-certified, workstation-class NVIDIA Quadro P5200, P4200 and P3200 cards, which are suitable for CAD/CAE/CAM software such as Adobe, AutoCAD, CATIA and SOLIDWORKS. Over time, a user can choose to swap out the Quadro-based GPU and reconfigure the system to run a different MXM 3.1-compatible GPU (GTX-based cards, for example).

Posted in: Products, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Data Acquisition, Defense, Board-Level Electronics, Electronic Components, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Thermal Management, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Coatings & Adhesives, Materials, Mechanical Components, Antennas, RF & Microwave Electronics, Data Acquisition, Sensors, Software, Instrumentation, Measuring Instruments, Test & Measurement

3D Optical Scanner

NVision, Inc.
Southlake, TX

Swift work by NVision, Inc. helped a major U.S. airline quickly repair a bird-damaged Boeing 737 wing and return the restored jet back to flight in just two days. The rapid turnaround helped the airline avoid the financial losses typically incurred by grounding aircraft.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aeronautics, Aviation, Data Acquisition, Defense, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Machinery, Mechanical Components, Lasers & Laser Systems, Optical Components, Optics, Data Acquisition, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Simulation Software, Software

Peridynamic Modeling: An Alternative Approach to Analyzing Material Failure

A critical technology challenge for structural material applications in the aerospace and defense industries is to have a means for the reliable analysis of material damage and failure. Experimental structural assessments are typically expensive and often do not provide full information about coupled, multiscale damage processes. Computer-aided analysis has established itself as a useful tool for complementing experimental structural assessments. A comparative summary of current computer-aided approaches is presented in the accompanying table.

Posted in: Articles, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Materials, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE), Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Software, Measuring Instruments, Monitoring, Test & Measurement

Hands-on Cybersecurity Studies: Multi-Perspective Analysis of the WannaCry Ransomware

Ransomware is malware that obstructs a user from accessing digital assets through various mechanisms. These assets are held hostage and inaccessible until the user pays a ransom. In most cases, this is accomplished using encryption where, once the malicious program executes, it will target and encrypt certain files and will release the decryption key at the time of payment. Some ransomware instances target only certain common user-generated files such as media and documents. In this case, system files and others required for the operating system to function correctly (user authentication, process execution, etc.) are unaffected. Others encrypt much more and seek to lock out entire systems.

Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Software

Real-Time Heuristics and Metaheuristics for Static and Dynamic Weapon Target Assignments

Projectile weapons have been a consistent threat of hostilities throughout history. Military advantage has always been aided by the capacity to inflict damage from a distance. In the 20th century, missile technology advanced to the point that an adversary had the potential to attack a protected asset from great distances. To neutralize this stand-off threat, the concept of air defense evolved. However, as the ability to reduce a missile threat increased, so, too, did the quantity and quality of missiles available, and research into the effective allocation of air defense resources emerged.

Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Simulation Software, Automotive, Transportation

Inside Story: The Role of the SFFs in Rugged HPEC Computing

For more than 30 years, Aitech has worked with its customer to develop high reliability embedded systems for rugged commercial, military, defense and space applications. Recent company initiatives have focused on the integration of Intel-based rugged PCs and GPGPUs into small form factors, meeting the growing need for inherent security features within hardware platforms and advancements in power, processing and communications in mission-critical systems. Here we talk with Doug Patterson, VP of Global Marketing for Aitech to look at how shrinking system size, coupled with increasing computing density, is impacting embedded computing design principles.

Posted in: News, Aerospace, Defense, Board-Level Electronics, Computers, Electronic Components, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, PCs/Portable Computers, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Joining & Assembly, Mechanical Components, Simulation Software, Software, Inspection Equipment, Instrumentation, Measuring Instruments, Monitoring, Test & Measurement

Software Accelerates Hypersonic Engine Development

Argonne National Laboratory and the Air Force Research Laboratory developed a new numerical modeling tool that allows for a better understanding of rotating detonation engines (RDEs). Unlike conventional gas turbine engines, RDEs leverage high-intensity, self-sustaining detonation to rapidly consume the fuel-air mixture, typically in a ring-shaped, cylindrical chamber.

Posted in: INSIDER, News, Defense, Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE), Mathematical/Scientific Software, Simulation Software

The FACE™ of Military Modernization

U.S. rival countries have been rapidly modernizing their militaries, with publicized advances that pose credible challenges to U.S. supremacy in all aspects of warfare: air, land, sea, space and cyberspace. On January 19, 2018 Secretary Mattis discussed the National Defense Strategy and emphasized the need to modernize key capabilities to address these threats. He stated: “To keep pace with our times, the department will transition to a culture of performance and affordability that operates at the speed of relevance. Success does not go to the country that develops a new technology first, but rather, to the one that better integrates it and more swiftly adapts its way of fighting. Our current bureaucratic processes are insufficiently responsive to the department's needs for new equipment. We will prioritize speed of delivery, continuous adaptation and frequent modular upgrades.”

Posted in: Articles, Aeronautics, Aerospace, Aviation, Data Acquisition, Defense, Mechanical Components, Data Acquisition, Sensors, Software

Multi-Agent RF Propagation Simulator

A desirable interface between multi-agents is through over-the-air RF connections that include not only the intended direct RF communications paths but also highly variable multi-ray propagation, range attenuation, external RF influences, and near-earth influence. These influences are all difficult to predict, control, and repeat in an outdoor environment. This outdoor testing, as has traditionally been done, is extremely expensive while simultaneously providing fewer data points than more controlled events and the testing events are generally not repeatable.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Communications, Data Acquisition, Antennas, RF & Microwave Electronics, Data Acquisition, Sensors, Simulation Software, Inspection Equipment, Instrumentation, Measuring Instruments, Monitoring, Test & Measurement, Testing Procedures

Getting the Most Out of Industrial CT Scanning

Quality assurance and flight certification of critical aerospace parts and assemblies have reached new levels of sophistication in recent years. Leading aerospace and defense manufacturers worldwide now consider computed tomography (CT) scanning to be an essential part of their non-destructive testing (NDT) toolkit. Far more powerful than the CT used to scan the human body, industrial CT can penetrate almost every material, from superalloys to lead, revealing hidden details that previously could only be found by cutting and destroying finished parts.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace Manufacturing and Machining, Aerospace, Defense, Imaging, 3 D Printing & Additive Manufacturing, Industrial Controls & Automation, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling, Ceramics, Composites, Materials, Joining & Assembly, Machinery, Mechanical Components, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Simulation Software, Software, Inspection Equipment, Measuring Instruments, Monitoring, Test & Measurement, Testing Procedures