Software

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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3U VPX Graphics Board

WOLF Advanced Technology’s (Ontario, Canada) new 3U VPX board, the VPX3U-GTX850M, is developed using NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX-850M – CUDA powered 28nm GM107 GPU – which is clocked at 862MHz and has 5 Streaming Multiprocessors for Maxwell (SMMs) each housing 128 Arithmetic Logic Units (ALUs) for a combined total of 640 Shader cores for CUDA or OpenCL parallel processing. An additional 40 Texture Mapping Units and 16 Render Output Processors, with a massive 2MB L2 cache and 2GB of GDDR5 memory – running a 128-bit interface – offers DirectX 11.2 or OpenGL 4.4 rendering capability per watt. The GPU also supports the sixth generation PureVideo HD video engine (VP6) for hardware decoding of MPEG2 and H.264 compressed video at resolutions up to 4K.

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Intelligent Manufacturing Software

The CNC system solution IndraMotion MTX from Rexroth has enhanced functionalities through Open Core Engineering. With Open Core Engineering, Rexroth enhances classic PLC programming by bridging the gap to IT automation. It increases engineering efficiency thanks to open standards, software tools, and function toolkits. Machinery manufacturers can create individual software functions independently, allowing them to access the control via defined interfaces in real time. This interface technology to Rexroth controls allows OEMs to develop individualized functional capabilities and set themselves apart from the competition. More detail at http://articles.sae.org/13563.

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Simulation Tools Prevent Signal Interference on Spacecraft

NASA Technology

Launching a satellite into space requires painstaking preparation, not only to make sure that a multitude of technologies are functioning, but also to ensure that critical components are working together in unison. A great example: the communication systems onboard satellites and the rockets used to launch them.

Posted in: Articles, Spinoff, Aerospace, Defense, Information Technology, RF & Microwave Electronics, Software
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Designing quieter aircraft via acoustic simulation

Greater fuel efficiency and low emission requirements have grown into such an urgent imperative in aircraft design that it often overshadows an equally significant factor in air travel—noise.

Posted in: Technology Update, Aerospace, Defense, Simulation Software, Computer simulation, Design processes, Noise
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Spatial Disorientation Flight Simulator

Environmental Tectonics Corporation (ETC)
Southampton, PA
215-355-9100
www.etcusa.com

Aircrew Training Systems (ATS), a division of Environmental Tectonics Corporation, has been selected by the U.S. Army Contracting Command to provide the Colombian Air Force (FAC) with a spatial disorientation flight simulator. The GYRO IPT II will help FAC pilots to recognize in-flight conditions that contribute to spatial disorientation. The new system will be installed at the FAC Aerospace Medicine Center (CEMAE) in Bogotá, Colombia next spring.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Simulation Software, Computer simulation, Human factors, Career and professional development, Education
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Chrono: A Parallel Physics Library for Rigid-Body, Flexible-Body, and Fluid Dynamics

The Chrono::Engine software is a general-purpose simulator for three-dimensional multi-body problems. Specifically, the code is designed to support the simulation of very large systems such as those encountered in granular dynamics, where the number of interacting elements can be in the millions. Target applications include tracked vehicles operating on granular terrain, or the Mars rover operating on discrete granular soil.

Posted in: Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Software, Computer software / hardware, Particulate matter (PM), Off-highway vehicles and equipment, Spacecraft
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MISRA C:2012

For C programmers working on safety- critical applications, following restrictions and guidelines to ensure safe-coding practices can be painful. Features of the language designed to make your work easier, more efficient, or provide work-arounds for obstacles are often just the features that the guidelines disallow. However, whether for avionics or in the midst of battle, a problem with the software is the last thing needed. The risks prohibit taking chances.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Software, Computer software / hardware, Safety critical systems, Regulations, Risk management
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