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30 September 2004 Multidisciplinary analysis for large-scale optical design
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Accurately predicting optical performance for any of the near-term concepts proposed under NASA's Origins missions is a uniquely challenging task, and one that has served to highlight a number of areas of necessary advancement in the field of computer-aided engineering analysis. The strongly coupled nature of these classes of problems combined with unprecedented levels of required optical precision demand a solution approach that is itself fundamentally integrated if accurate, efficient analyses, capable of pointing the way towards improved designs are to be achieved. Recent development efforts have served to lay the foundation for an entirely new finite element-based analytical capability; one that is open, highly extensible, is Matlab-hosted, and which utilizes NASTRAN syntax to describe common-model multidisciplinary analyis tasks. Capabilities currently under development, a few of which will be highlighted here, will soon capture behavioural aspects of coupled nonlinear radiative heat transfer, structures, and optics problems to a level of accuracy and performance not yet achieved for these classes of problems, in an environment that will greatly facilitate future research, development, and technical oversight efforts.
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Greg J. Moore, Mike Chainyk, and John Schiermeier "Multidisciplinary analysis for large-scale optical design", Proc. SPIE 5528, Space Systems Engineering and Optical Alignment Mechanisms, (30 September 2004);


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