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Interactive calculation of cross-sectional areas for aircraft design and analysis
Discussed is the development of two computer programs for the calculation of cross-sectional areas
for existing aircraft and aircraft concepts. The first program allows the user to display aircraft described
in Hess format, to restructure the data in a manner compatible with computational fluid
dynamic codes for predicting viscous flow drag, and to compute and display the axial distribution
of cross-sectional area normal to the free-stream airflow. The second program is an extension of
an existing conceptual design code called ACSYNT /VPI. The extension allows calculation of areas
of intersection between a cutting plane tilted at an arbitrary angle with the aircraft axis and the
aircraft. The design of both codes is described in depth, and user's guides for the resulting programs
are included in the appendices.