Software

Virtual Environment Tool Chain

The DiSTI Corporation (Orlando, FL) has commercialized their scalable tool chain and process for producing 3-D virtual maintenance training environments. Previously only available in conjunction with DiSTI’s professional services, the Virtual Environment Software Development Kit is now productized as VE Studio and allows users to engineer their own virtual environments for maintenance training.

The foundation of VE Studio is the Fidelity Matrix, a relational database that correlates requirements, 3D objects, 2D support equipment, environment properties, and constraints that feed the automated build and testing tools. The tools that populate and reference the Fidelity Matrix include: Requirements Analyzer, an optional tool to analyze job procedures that in turn auto-populate the Fidelity Matrix with the objects and actions needed to complete the tasks; a graphical user interface for creating and modifying Fidelity Matrix content (FM Editor), a 3ds Max plug-in to associate 3-D model geometry with objects in the Fidelity Matrix (MaxLink), VE Builder, and VE Tester.

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Advancing the Use of Beryllium Bearing Materials for Unmanned Platforms

Aerospace and defense platforms are often regarded as the earliest adopters of new materials and processes technologies. Materials test programs provide validations of material supplier property claims, as the physical tests are performed and data is analyzed. Resultant material “design allowables” are developed and compared to the performance envelopes for the intended application(s). The quality of simulation software and the developed knowledge base that design and strength engineering personnel use for analyzing materials in the intended product design and environments have improved dramatically in the last decade. This has primarily been based on the efficiency and availability of computing capacity for complex simulations.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Defense, Materials, Simulation Software, Test & Measurement, Beryllium alloys, Unmanned aerial vehicles
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Testing Reality in an Increasingly Complex Design Space

The universal adoption of digital 3-D design tools has truly changed forever the way that advanced products are created, from original concept studies, development, testing, and manufacturing, right through the lifecycle to maintainability, future enhancement, and long-term support. The ability to share detailed specifications and test data between all partners worldwide, but with controlled access as required throughout the supply chain, enables large and small suppliers to work to common standards and requirements, maintaining the same data accuracy across the network. This has not only saved valuable time, helping to reduce costs, but has brought about higher standards of product quality and, importantly, more traceability, providing a clear picture for project managers who have access in real time to progress at all levels.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Defense, Simulation Software, Test & Measurement, Design processes, Simulation and modeling, Test procedures, Aircraft
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New RF Strategies for Software Radio

Software defined radio system engineers can now exploit new technology to perform digital signal processing much closer to the antenna than ever before. Various strategies include the latest wideband data converters, monolithic receiver chips, compact RF tuners, new FPGA families, and remote data acquisition modules using gigabit serial interfaces. Each approach presents benefits and tradeoffs that must be considered in choosing the optimal solution for a given application.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Defense, RF & Microwave Electronics, Software, Antennas, Computer software / hardware, Radio equipment
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Software Tool Enables High-Fidelity Simulation of Explosive Device Effects

High-fidelity simulation tools are used as an acceptable surrogate for real-world tests. These tools accelerate development and reduce cost, while informing weapons development and systems survivability for defense and homeland security applications. As weapons grew in complexity, analytical methods became insufficient and high-fidelity computational methods became necessary.

Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Simulation Software, Software, Test & Measurement, Computer simulation, Hazards and emergency management
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VPX Single Board Computer

GE Intelligent Platforms (Charlottesville, VA) has announced the SBC626 rugged 6U VPX single board computer (SBC). The technology features the quad-core 4th generation Intel ®Core™ i7 processor (Haswell). The Haswell processor supports PCI Express® Gen3 technology and USB 3.0, providing bandwidth for on-board and offboard connectivity. The SBC626 also includes an optional Security Hub field programmable gate array. The FPGA combines a mix of passive and active features to allow users to develop an onboard anti-tamper capability. The computer also provides support for AXIS, GE’s Advanced Multiprocessor Integrated Software development environment.

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Digital Input Board

United Electronic Industries (UEI) (Walpole, MA) has released the DNx-DIO-449, 48 channel, digital input board. The board is compatible with all of UEI’s popular Cube, RACKtangle and FlatRACK chassis. Features include: Input range from 3.3 V to 150 V; monitors both AC and DC inputs; monitors contact closures without external components; fully programmable logic high/low levels and hysteresis; automatic change-of-state detection with 200 μS resolution time stamps; built-in A/D for analog voltage measurement of each input; internal signal injection for BIT (Built-In-self-Test).

Posted in: Products, Aerospace, Defense, Electronics & Computers, Data Acquisition, Software
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Simulation Software

AVX has released a new version of its SpiCalci simulation software, an engineering tool that calculates performance characteristics and parameters for its switch mode power supply (SMPS) capacitors. Featuring new products, enhanced parts selection and graphing tools, and broader compatibility, the software calculates performance characteristics and parameters for the firm’s advanced multilayer ceramic SMPS capacitors. More detail at http://articles.sae.org/13731.

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Computer Simulation’s Role in Advancing Composite Aircraft Structures

Many of the computer simulation tools used today got their start in the Aerospace industry but their use has always been coupled with significant physical testing. The introduction of composite aircraft structures, however, is creating a need for more reliance on simulation tools and methods. Aircraft designers find many benefits in composites, but they also are wary of some of the potential difficulties that composites can present—issues that the latest simulation software is designed to manage.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Aviation, Defense, Simulation Software, Aircraft structures, Computer simulation, Composite materials
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Researchers Develop Multiphysics Model for Electro-Thermal Analysis of UAV

Vives College University and Kulab (KU Leuven University campus Ostend) in Belgium are undertaking an aeronautical research program for the development of a new UAV aimed at performing scientific missions along the Belgian coastline above the North Sea. The main performance requirement of the UAV, dubbed Litus, is to be electrically powered with a range of 160 km and a payload up to 5 kg.

Posted in: Technology Update, Aerospace, Defense, Simulation Software, Simulation and modeling, Electrical systems, Thermal management, Unmanned aerial vehicles
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