COMPUTER AIDED STRUCTURAL DESIGN APPLIED TO PRODUCTION AIRCRAFT

McDonnell Aircraft Company has pioneered the development and application of computer-aided design (CAD) to the point where all present projects utilize this technology to the maximum practical extent. The computer is used to aid the engineer in designing efficient structure and in preparing final drawings and releasing them to manufacturing. Engineering activities such as design drafting, lofting, and structural analysis utilize IBM 2250 interactive graphics terminals driven by the IBM 370 computer. This system accomplishes tasks previously done by hand with batch computer procedures. Similarly, in determining internal loads and deflections, the computer graphics system relieves the structural engineer of many mundane tasks encountered in preparing computer input and reviewing computer output from analysis programs. The engineering tasks accomplished so far with CAD and the computer hardware utilized are described.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • AGARD Rep N662, Computer Aided Design: Possibilities, Necessities and Application in the Design Process, Paper presented at the 45th Structures and Materials Panel Meeting, Voss, Norway, September 1977.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Advisory Group Aerospace Research and Development

    7 Rue Ancelle
    92 Neuilly-sur-Seine,   France 
  • Authors:
    • Norman, W A
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Accession Number: 00177427
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 29 1978 12:00AM