This project is similar to the Wing Panel Design (Web Service):
a strength analysis program (solver), written in Fortran and the
corresponding user-friendly front-end program, written in Visual FoxPro.
User interface includes facilities for convenient entering/editing of input
data, visualization the results, use of design history database, etc.
The solver performs an optimization analysis of wing designs, crunching a
huge number of variants. There is usually enough computational capabilities
for designs since the program realize efficient analytical procedures of
strength analysis (if you use a powerful multi-processor workstation, of
course). The problem lies in fuzziness of optimization criteria —
designing is art, not exact science. So a researcher (design engineer) wants to
see a lot of variants, not only the optimal one. However, traditional reports and
diagrams are not sufficiently expressive. That is why a problem-oriented results
player, written in C#, is developed to allow a researcher (engineer) visually
investigate the process of optimal cross-section calculation. This process is
depicted as an animated cartoon.
Keywords: strength analysis & engineering design in aerospace construction,