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Aerospace Software for Aerospace

  1. Jun 18, 2006 #1
    Can any one tell me a good software that can be used in aerospace engineering or that can be used to understand and study aerospace engineering? It will be good if a demo is available so that I can try it. What about a free software?!
     
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  3. Jun 18, 2006 #2
    Huh? :confused:

    That's a very general question. What do you want to do, specifically?
     
  4. Jun 19, 2006 #3

    Astronuc

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    Aerospace Engineering, which is a specialized branch of mechanical engineering, represents a broad spectrum of subjects. One can specialize in spacecraft structures and systems, electronics and guidance systems, propulsion (which involves) fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, and materials science and engineering related to the other areas.

    See - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerospace_Engineering

    A good list of topics in Aerospace Engineering
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_aerospace_engineering_topics

    There might be course notes available for specific courses.

    Beyond that, there are a plethora of codes for structural analysis, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), thermodynamics, orbital mechanics, CAD/CAM and so on. The software is not free, but commercially available. Someone has to get paid to develop software, because it takes thousands of man-hours to develop.

    A good source of informatio for aeronautical and astronautical science and engineering is AIAA - www.aiaa.org.
     
  5. Jun 19, 2006 #4

    FredGarvin

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    Aerospace Engineer v 1.0? No.

    There are many different areas that someone could use software in. There is no magical single software package for aerospace. What are you looking at? Fluids? Structures? Numerical Analysis? Data Acquisition? Vibrational Analysis?
     
  6. Dec 26, 2007 #5
    Well, it depends on what you are looking for. A good software used for aerospace engineering (space physics) is Systema (Radiation, space environment, material outgassing, propulsion, contamination, thermal flux & power subsystems) & Thermica (Thermal software for space applications - THERMISOL is a thermal solver). I guess they are mostly designed for the satellite/spacecraft industry, but we use them at my university.


     
  7. Dec 26, 2007 #6

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    Yeah - those are good pieces of software. The aerospace vendors have some really sophisticated software and the machines/networks on which to run them.

    Dassault also has some excellent packages, as do Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Northrop-Grumman, and BAES, as well as NASA/US DOE and ESA.
     
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