Saturday, July 26, 2014

Stepping Up Your Aerodynamics Conceptual Analysis

At Hanley Innovations, we develop software tools that enables you to easily transform your ideas into actual flying prototypes.  One way to get your idea to work is to start with a concept about which you are quite certain, I mean really, really confident (an airfoil, for example), and then, like the Science Channel suggest, you Build It Bigger.

VisualFoil Enables You to Clarify Airfoil Concepts Before
Moving On to the Next Step. Airfoil Analysis Starts at $29

With a family of airfoils in hand (because no one can fly in 2-dimensions), the concept steps up to a wing (because birds have them and .... they can fly very well).  The next simple step is to extrude your airfoil (s) into a 3-D surface to support your weight at various flight speeds.  What is soon realized is that other surfaces of various shapes, sizes & orientation (which use your original airfoil concepts) are need to help balance your design in flight (stability). Stability depends in part on weight distribution (center of gravity) over the entire (what we can now call) airplane with respect to the neutral point (similar to aerodynamic center) location.

3DFoil Can Be Used to Design  Multiple Wings
and Workout Weight and Stability Issues.

For most people, trial by 3DFoil, results in concepts which you print, template and fly.  But what if, just what if you still want to Build it Even Bigger.  Stallion 3D can be used to take concepts even further.  The program can actually read-in your project files from 3DFoil and further the analysis of your concept. The video shows how Stallion 3d imports and analyzes a kite that was created in 3DFoil or MultiSurface Aerodynamics.

Stallion 3D will Read-In MultiSurface Aero/3DFoil Files for Detailed 3D Analysis

The next time your have a BIG idea, do not hesitate to visit Hanley Innovations to Build It Even Bigger.

The Aerodynamics Class Pack combines airfoil, wing and the Stallion 3D software and the modules can be accessed your entire class on their individual PC over the course of one year.

You may also call us at (352) 240-3658.

Thanks for reading.

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