Computer-aided design (CAD) has became an indispensable tool to meet the demands of fast-paced, high-priced technological development over and above the normal requirements for new product development. Both Ford and Chrysler have installed large-scale Control Data CYBER-class computer systems which allow the designing, testing, redesigning and retesting the computer. The CAD helps in the following tasks: compressing design time; completing considerably more engineering projects more efficently in the same amount of time; relieving design engineers of drawing by hand; interfacing more effciently with manufacturing and assembly operations; maintaining day-to-day control of corporate Average Fuel Economy actions to achieve specific reductions; and building finite element models for structural analysis of components. Brief examples are given of the applications of computer graphics in the evaluation of materials, building a prototype vehicle and the design of hybrid materials. Comments are made on Chryslers extensive computer network (100 graphics and 300 teletype terminals), and the NASTRAN finite element structural analysis program.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Society of Professional Engineers

    2029 K Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20006
  • Authors:
    • Christman, A M
  • Publication Date: 1979-2

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 38-39
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00194181
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1979 12:00AM