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Conference Proceeding


10th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference

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Albany, NY, United States


Virtual engineering is a powerful concept, defined as a technology that integrates geometric models and related engineering tools such as analysis and simulation, optimization and decision-making tools, etc. within a computer generated environment that facilitates multidisciplinary and collaborative product realization [1]. Virtual engineering applications can be constructed from scratch with high-level programming languages. However, since the end-user of the virtual engineering application is most likely not a programming expert, high-level support is needed to provide the user with the capability to construct his own application in an intuitive manner and with minimal coding. In this paper, we present a framework of the virtual engineering environment and its implementation, identify the general requirements for a virtual engineering application, and summarize the architecture. A virtual engineering application on computational fluid dynamics (CFD)-based interactive design is used to motivate the research as well as to evaluate the performance of the system. The sample application is related to the coal transport system of a coal-fired power plant. Finally, the topics for future research are given.


This paper is from Proceedings of the 10th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, AIAA 2004-4364, Albany, NY, August 2004.

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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc.




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