STP1017

    Computerized Materials Data in Aerospace Applications

    Published: Jan 1989


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    Abstract

    The impact of computerized and networked materials data in the aerospace industry is conveyed by a description of its introduction, operation, and expansion plans in the Fort Worth Division of General Dynamics Corporation (GDFW). Like most other companies involved in the design and manufacture of aerospace systems and vehicles, GDFW was committed to an orderly buildup of Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) capabilities in the early 1970s. This milestone was followed in the 1980s by a commitment to integrate all computerized analysis and other support functions into the design process. This included the development and implementation of a computerized Engineering Materials Property Data Base (EMPDB), accessible by designers and analysts from their electronic workstations. The scope, development, and operation of the EMPDB is discussed here. Current and future expansion of computerized materials data bases through networking is addressed. Materials engineering files and other resources are now being shared through Local Area Networks (LANs). A computerized Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) is now in the procurement cycle and will be operational in 1988. This information will be shared with other General Dynamics divisions and offices throughout the nation via Electronic Mail Office System (EMOS) through corporate-wide networks.

    Keywords:

    computerized networking, computer aided design, computer aided manufacturing, engineering materials property data base, local area networks, laboratory information management systems, electronic mail office systems


    Author Information:

    Little, CD
    Manager of materials and processes technology and assistant project engineer for computer aided engineering, General Dynamics, Fort Worth, TX

    Coyle, TE
    Manager of materials and processes technology and assistant project engineer for computer aided engineering, General Dynamics, Fort Worth, TX


    Paper ID: STP18627S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E49.30

    DOI: 10.1520/STP18627S


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