1411. Desk Top Computing


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T L Toogood: 1411. Desk Top Computing. 1981.



This paper discusses the past, present, and future of desk top computing in relation to the weight engineer.
Desktop computers are shown to be convenient and economical when used to:
* Perform parametric studies
* Compute and plot passenger loading curves
* Sum inertia data
* Compute and print weight and moment tables
* Rotate and translate axis data
Cost savings are discussed for a typical weight engineering problem: ‘Passenger Loading Studies.’ Use of a desk top computer with an X-Y plotter resulted in a 93-percent savings in man-hours over a hand-plotted method.


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