Category: Aerospace

The Design Future

This blog debates how simulation technology is becoming a dominant technology within the product development process. This initial entry presents a historical personal perspective of this evolution. (Apologies for the entry length, but please stick with it!) It seems a … Read More

Commercial Aviation Competition

For many years, the duopoly for Boeing and Airbus has produced healthy competition that has resulted in better airplanes, innovation, and efficiency. We all agree that healthy competition benefits everyone. Yes, there have been some squabbles between Boeing and Airbus, … Read More

Topology Optimization Makes Its Mark

The news keeps rolling in on how topology optimization is having an impact in the aviation industry, including this recent article in High-Performance Composites. Topology optimization is proving to be an excellent technology for weight reduction of metallic and composite … Read More

Have we Optimized our Designs?

Everyone that designs products claims that they have optimized their designs.  It is true that companies generally iterate on their design concepts to achieve a better result, but is this truly optimized? A few years ago, I went to Disneyland … Read More

Can we Trust FEA Results in Aerospace?

One of the recent discussions in an Aerospace Stress Engineers Linked In group was about the reasons behind the delays in new airplane programs such as the A380 and 787.  See the following link for more details: View the LinkedIn … Read More

Silos

I used to live in Dayton, OH, home of the Wright Brothers, and got to learn much about how the first Wright Brothers plane was designed.  There was no design or stress or manufacturing department to Wright Brothers, Inc. – … Read More

Bird Strikes

USA Today recently ran a story on the increase in bird strike incidents in commercial aviation.   This is a concern for flight safety and the airlines and airports are trying to find ways to reduce the number of bird strike … Read More