Aerospace Applications

Software for analyzing and visualizing computational fluid dynamics. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.
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penFOAM is a free, open source CFD software package developed by OpenCFD Ltd at ESI Group and distributed by the OpenFOAM Foundation . It has a large user base across most areas of engineering and science, from both commercial and academic organizations. OpenFOAM has an extensive range of features to solve anything from complex fluid flows involving chemical reactions, turbulence and heat transfer, to solid dynamics and electro-magnetics. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.
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Fluid flow and heat transfer simulations. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.

A computational aerodynamic capability servicing the configuration aerodynamic needs of NASA’s airframe and exploration programs. Present capabilities include rapid grid generation, inviscid and viscous flow analysis and design, special functional boundary conditions, and ease of use. Macintosh OS X, UNIX, Linux, and Windows.
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XFOIL is an interactive program for the design and analysis of subsonic isolated airfoils. Macintosh OS X, and Windows.
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AVL is a program for the aerodynamic and flight-dynamic analysis of rigid aircraft of arbitrary configuration. It employs an extended vortex lattice model for the lifting surfaces, together with a slender-body model for fuselages and nacelles. Macintosh OS X, UNIX, and Windows.

One of my sons has built a OS X version AVL 3.32. You can download it here. If you are running OS X 10.8 or later, you will need XQuartz too.
If you unzip it on your desktop, and open terminal, you can get a quick demo by doing this:

cd ~/Desktop/avl/runs
../bin/avl bd.avl

And now from within AVL type:

a c 1

and you should get a plot like you see at the right.

XROTOR is an interactive program for the design and analysis of ducted and free-tip propellers and windmills. Macintosh OS X (needs to be built with the command line), UNIX, and Windows.

Computational fluid dynamics post processor/visualizer. Macintosh OS X, UNIX, Linux, and Windows.
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Generates meshes for computational fluid Creates meshes for computational fluid with both analytic (i.e. NURBS) and faceted (e.g. STL) geometry representations. Macintosh OS X, UNIX, Linux, and Windows.

Includes mesh generation, Analysis, and post processing. Macintosh OS X, and Windows.

Load Design
Interactive FEA. Free (until 9/30/2013). Macintosh OS X only.

OOF2 from NIST
Interactive FEA. Free (until 9/30/2013). Macintosh OS X, UNIX, Linux, and Windows.
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FEAP is a general purpose finite element analysis program. Macintosh OS X, UNIX, Linux, and Windows.

XFLR5 includes the xfoil program for foil analysis, and several 3d analysis methods for planes. A non-linear lifting line method for standalone wings. Two vrtex-lattice and a 3d panel method for the analysis of aerodynamic performance of wings and plane operating at low Reynolds numbers. Macintosh OS X only.

ADFC Navier-Stokes solver
The ADFC code is a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) C++ solver for incompressible viscous flow over 2D and 3D geometries. It uses finite element and the characteristic method on unstructured meshes to solve Navier-Stokes equations. Macintosh OSX, Linux, and Windows.

arb finite volume solver
arb is a software package designed to solve arbitrary partial differential equations on unstructured meshes using an implicit finite volume method. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.

CFD Online Tools
Y+ Estimation, Turbulence Properties, Conversions & Boundary Estimations, general purpose calculators, and unit converters for CFD.

Software for Aerodynamics and Aircraft Design from Virginia Tech
A large collection of tools with source code. Most downloadable binaries are for Windows.

Free for USA. Analysis and design of fully unstructured Navier-Stokes solutions. You must email for download. Macintosh OS X, Sun, SGI, Opteron, Cray, HP, IBM, or DEC Alpha, and Windows.

Tecplot 360
A CFD visualization software tool that helps you quickly plot and animate your data exactly the way you want it. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.

Aerospace Toolbox for MATLAB
Aerospace Toolbox provides reference standards, environmental models, and aerodynamic coefficient importing for performing advanced aerospace analysis to develop and evaluate your designs. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.

Aerospace Blockset for Simulink
Extends SimulinkĀ® with blocks for modeling and simulating aircraft, spacecraft, rocket, and propulsion systems, as well as unmanned airborne vehicles. Requires Aerospace Toolbox. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.
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GMAT is designed to model, optimize, and estimate spacecraft trajectories in flight regimes ranging from low Earth orbit to lunar applications, interplanetary trajectories, and other deep space missions. GMAT is developed by a team of NASA, private industry,Ā  public, and private contributors.

HyperView Player
High-performance Post-processing and Visualization Environment for CAE and Test Data. Macintosh OS X, Linux, and Windows.

JavaFoil is a relatively simple program, which uses several traditional methods for airfoil analysis. The following two methods build the backbone of the program. The potential flow analysis is done with a higher order panel method (linear varying vorticity distribution). Taking a set of airfoil coordinates, it calculates the local, inviscid flow velocity along the surface of the airfoil for any desired angle of attack. The boundary layer analysis module steps along the upper and the lower surfaces of the airfoil, starting at the stagnation point. It solves a set of differential equations to find the various boundary layer parameters. It is a so called integral method. Java for all platforms.

Author: admin on April 22, 2014

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