SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1989

Computerized Materials Data in Aerospace Applications


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.

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Little, CD
General Dynamics, Fort Worth, TX
Coyle, TE
General Dynamics, Fort Worth, TX
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Developed by Committee: E49
Pages: 200–210
DOI: 10.1520/STP18627S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5078-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1191-2