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Collaborative design in the aerospace industry

The design of aircraft and spacecraft are very complex and resource-intensive processes. Increasingly, international companies are required to work together in the design process, including on complex tasks such as the analysis of airflows around the airframe or the simulation of sequences such as solar panel deployment in satellite design. This has created a significant demand for improvements in the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of collaborative working.

Engineers from a consortium of European aerospace companies, and computer scientists from the University of Stuttgart and ONERA, have successfully demonstrated computer-supported collaborative working in 3 important areas of aerospace: collaborative design, distributed interactive simulation and computational fluid dynamics. The experiments used a collaborative visualization and simulation environment allowing design problem resolution sessions or other forms of collaboration at various stages of a project. One partners controls a session, while other partners see the changes and can interact. Activities in which this approach may be used include thermal control system design, high quality visualization of distributed simulation and design, postprocessing and visualization of supercomputer simulations.

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