HyperSizer Published Paper

"Next Generation Structural Optimization Today" (15 pages)

Presented at the 1997 MSC Aerospace Users Conference', Newport Beach, CA, November 18-20, 1997


Craig Collier, Phil Yarrington, and Mark Pickenheim


Characteristics of a next generation software product are presented for a coupled MSC/NASTRAN FEA and structural optimization system. These characteristics include methods for automated structural analysis and optimization such as a statistical approach for determining ‘design-to’ loads and analytical/numerical ‘zooming’ for detailed global to local response. Software characteristics include a collection of standard panel and beam concepts, and an object oriented approach to strength and stability failure analyses. These features are provided in a multiproject, multiuser, secure database environment where the Internet standard Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) is used for visual interpretation of results. An RLV X33 test panel is shown as an example.