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NAE™ Project: Update

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October 16, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen:

According to Hallmark cards, today is the day we should be paying homage to the Boss. Both of the bosses were present today...Ed Shadle and Keith Zanghi.  The rest of us serfs showed up to curry what favor we could from them: Rich Pengelley, Rhyley Sparks, Chris Greene, Von Armstrong, Eric Helpenstell, and Steve Wallace.  Elliot Clark was our visitor of the day and was soon drafted into joining in the lifting of heavy things and moving them about. Bernard McVay and Trish Woods were in the neighborhood and stop by for an update.

Rich Pengelley displayed a real knack for currying brownie points from Boss Shadle, dusting off the grime Ed picked up on his coveralls during his floor time work.

Today was a day of preparing the North American Eagle™ for some exact measurements. These are needed for the digital modeling computation and analysis of the effects of speed and resultant air flow around the fuselage.  The height distance from various points on the fuselage to the ground plane, both fore and aft, are factors in this analysis.

Our two young team members, Chris and Rhyley, got a lesson in physics as Ed and Steve used an old tried and true water level to verify some measurements for the aerodynamics team. The two enlisted the help from one of our dependable Optima Batteries from Interstate batteries to attach one end of the water level. The team had to close the mid-wheel doors and install the running gear in our racing configuration.  The nose cone was attached, complete with canards and pitot tube. The car was then lowered onto the ground plane in the exact position it would be for test runs and the measurements taken. In a few short hours the lesson was over. If the boys ever want to get in the construction field or solve a leveling problem in a physics lab, they will already know how to get the job done!

Our aerodynamist team consisting of Rex Walter, Ron Doll, Darren Grove, Mike Thoe and Don Mitchell have some new tools at their disposal. The new Lenovo C20 ThinkStations offer desktop advantages with engineering ThinkStation power. Loaded with 48 Gb of memory and Intel® Zeon® processors, the ThinkStations will give us unsurpassed computing capabilities in order to perform computational fluid dynamic analysis.


ThinkStations are the only desktop computer available that handle the massive computations needed for this important work. The systems are loaded with Dassault Systèmes CATIVA V5 R19 software, Geomagic Software and CFD Software.


To recap, last June Micah Carter, using an ATOS 3D Digitizer, was able to define the car with over 20 million points. He took over 500 high resolution photos in a process called photogrammetry that ties all the scans together. The work performed by the folks from Capture 3D was sent to Troy Ashby at Geomagic Software who converted the huge point cloud into surfaces. Don Mitchell, our Eagle Programmer, manipulated the model in Dassault Systèmes CATIA V5 R19 software in a format that could be used by the aerodynamics team.


This data is what we will use in the CFD Software to analyze the transonic shock waves that will develop as Ed approaches Mach 0.8.

It appears our test run season is about over since we were unable to come to a favorable agreement for an adequate run test site while weather permits.  The very  successful 4th of July afterburner tests demonstrated that the 45,500 horsepower jet engine is raring to go.  Team NAE will be working through the winter on various design refinements that pave the way for a future record run.

Ping Fu

Ed Shadle, Ping Fu and Keith Zanghi at last year's Geomagic Convergence

Geomagic Presents Points Beyond

Team North American Eagle™ is pleased to announce our presence at the Geomagic Points Beyond Seminar in Detroit, November 1 & 2, 2010. The Geomagic Points Beyond Road Show will let you:
  • EXPERIECNCE tools that are changing the way companies design, engineer and manufacture - faster, better, greener and more customized

  • INTERACT with Geomagic developers, expert users and your peers who are breaking down barriers to productivity, innovation and customer satisfaction.

  • IMMERSE yourself in the new features of Geomagic Studio 12 and Geomagic Qualify 12 with exclusive training sessions and live demos..

  • TAKE AWAY information, contacts and knowledge that will help deliver you to points beyond your competitors.

Ed and Keith will be presenting the entire value stream of the North American Eagle's Aerodynamics Analysis and how Geomagic is an integral part of that effort.

Recently Ping Fu filmed a video at Jay Leno's Garage and talked about how Geomagic is used to engineer new and existing details and assemblies. Also in the video is Jeff Squibs and David Mihal from FARO Technologies who both have done work on the North American Eagle™.


Intel Solid State Drive Videos

If  you haven't seen them yet now would be a good time to watch the videos we did with Intel promoting their indestructible Solid State Drives.

F-104 decals

For All you F-104 Scale Model Builders

Tony Landis from NASA Dryden sent us this information. Rocketeer Decal, a manufacturer of scale model decals now offer a decal sheet that includes turning your 1/72 F-104 model with the livery of 56-0763. Cool huh?

We know a lot of our fans are on facebook.  Now the North American Eagle™ is on facebook!   In fact many of our team members are also!  Tell your friends! It's fun!

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