1757. Weight Control in Automated Design Equipment


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R N Staton: 1757. Weight Control in Automated Design Equipment. 1987.



Performing the weight control function in an automated design environment has become a reality as well as a new experience for most Weight Engineers. This paper relates some recent experiences of one Group’s efforts in this situation. Several problems have been encountered and are discussed. Current automation efforts in order to provide an adequate weight control program along with some long term planning activities are also summarized. Due to security considerations, specific programs are not identified or discussed. A generic approach is used throughout the paper although some results are given as relative percentage values. The situations described are for one company’s product line in their particular design environment. However, if you are involved in a weight control activity on a current aerospace vehicle design program, you should find several areas of common interest.


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