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Non-Linear Aeroelastic Predictions for Transport Aircraft

A loosely coupled method for aeroelastic predictions of aircraft configurations is shown. This method couples an advanced structural analysis method with a CFD aerodynamics code in a modular fashion. This method can use almost any CFD code, so a validation of several such codes is shown to establish regions of validity for each code. Results from potential codes, an Euler code, and a Navier-Stokes code are shown in comparison with experiment. Viscous effects are included in most cases through a coupled boundary-layer solver or a turbulence model as appropriate.