Over the last fifty years, the ability to carry out analysis as aprecursor to decision making in engineering design has increaseddramatically. In particular, the advent of modern computing systemsand the development of advanced numerical methods have madecomputational modelling a vital tool for producing optimizeddesigns.
This text explores how computer-aided analysis hasrevolutionized aerospace engineering, providing a comprehensivecoverage of the latest technologies underpinning advancedcomputational design. Worked case studies and over 500 referencesto the primary research literature allow the reader to gain a fullunderstanding of the technology, giving a valuable insight into theworld's most complex engineering systems.
* Includes background information on the history of aerospacedesign and established optimization, geometrical and mathematicalmodelling techniques, setting recent engineering developments in arelevant context.
* Examines the latest methods such as evolutionary and responsesurface based optimization, adjoint and numerically differentiatedsensitivity codes, uncertainty analysis, and concurrent systemsintegration schemes using grid-based computing.
* Methods are illustrated with real-world applications ofstructural statics, dynamics and fluid mechanics to satellite,aircraft and aero-engine design problems.
Senior undergraduate and postgraduate engineering studentstaking courses in aerospace, vehicle and engine design will findthis a valuable resource. It will also be useful for practisingengineers and researchers working on computational approaches todesign.