A Visual Approach for Space Systems Designers

by Tommie Daniel, BDM Corp, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space


This paper discusses computerized tools that may be used by designers as they approach problem solving related to engineering, construction and operations in space. Tools for space system designers, both computer hardware and software, are examined with an emphasis on the directions for improvements in each of the major areas. The current state of the art in CAD/CAM, scientific visualization and image processing is discussed, including a broad overview of the implications of new developments in information processing systems related to space systems design. The general topic of simulation to reduce design prototyping is addressed with a focus on a major space related application area, Finite Element Modeling (FEM).

Subject Headings: Computer aided design | Structural design | Finite element method | Computer models | Space structures | Space stations | Space exploration

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