|PRODUCTS||MODULES FOR SIMULATIONS AND TRAINERS|
Over the past 30 years, Continuum Dynamics, Inc (CDI) has developed state-of-the-art software solutions for a broad range of aerodynamic applications. This page contains a collection of software modules CDI currently provides for use in high fidelity, real-time flight simulations and trainers.
Real-time piloted simulation using CHARM free wake.
CDI's CHARM Real-Time Wake/Panel Module provides a real-time free wake model of the main rotor wake for flight simulations and trainers. CDI is currently implementing this into U.S. Navy V-22 and MH-60 engineering simulations for pilot evaluation. This technology holds the promise for greatly improving the fidelity of the simulation to areas where no test data is available (e.g. vortex ring state, low and high speed maneuvers). For tiltrotors, this holds great promise for capturing complex interactional aerodynamic effects due to the main rotor wake interactions with the empennage. The model supports multiple moving ground planes (heaving ship decks + the ocean surface, for example) modeled with either a panel or image system method.
CHARM Real-time Wake
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CDI's CHARM Real-Time Blade/Aero Module extends the CHARM Wake/Panel Module to include blade element models of rotating and non-rotating lifting aerodynamic components. Work is nearing completion to further extend this module to become a full aircraft, high fidelity, real-time, physics-based aerodynamic model which provides the forces and moments of each aerodynamic component and the sum of all aerodynamic components to the flight simulation/trainer. The first implementation of the real-time full aircraft model will be a V-22 tiltrotor model being developed for NAVAIR at Patuxent River. MD.
V-22 Simulation using CHARM Realtime Blade/Aero Module
CDI's MAST Multiple Aircraft Simulation Module provides a real-time free wake model of the wakes generated by nearby aircraft. CDI is currently implementing this into a U.S. Navy V-22 engineering simulation to assist pilots in formation flight training with an eye toward eventual implementation into the V-22 trainer. This module is also useful for refueling simulations, shipboard operation simulations, and terminal area simulations where multiple aircraft are operating in the vicinity of one another.
V-22 formation flight simulation using MAST
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CDI's Brownout Module couples our high fidelity real-time free wake model with a particle entrainment/transport model to generate by far the most physically realistic brownout cloud rendering possible with current technology. CDI recently coupled this model into the U.S. Army APEX lab's BHIVE H-47 simulation at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville AL where pilots flew into brownout conditions in the simulator to evaluate new cockpit symbology designed for use in brownout conditions.
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CDI also builds Ship Airwake Databases for real-time flight simulations and trainers. CDI built the ship airwake database for certain CAE simulators developed for the U.S. Navy.
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CDI is now developing a CHARM Real-time Ship Airwake/Rotor Wake Coupled Solution for pilot-in-the-loop flight simulations and trainers. This module will provide real-time feedback of the interaction between the ship airwake and the rotor wake during pilot-in-the-loop flight simulations. CDI should have a prototype ready in the near future.
For further information, contact Dan Wachspress at CDI (609) 538-0444 x114.