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FLIGHTSTREAM®

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FlightStream® is a surface vorticity flow solver designed to allow users to develop optimized designs for compressible and incompressible subsonic vehicles as well as transonic vehicles. Applications range from modeling UAVs, High-Altitude-Aerostats, high subsonic transport and military aircraft, marine propellers and under-water vehicles, wind turbines, propellers, store separation, high-lift components and more!

Equipped with the state-of-the-art unstructured surface-mesh compressible-flow vorticity solver, FlightStream® eliminates the costly process of volume mesh generation and mesh-dependency on flow-field solutions and stability. FlightStream® provides the ability to design airplanes within an optimization pipeline in a fraction of the time taken by conventional CFD solvers. FlightStream® integrates with Research in Flight’s proprietary CAD library, allowing users to import their geometries designed in any commercial CAD/CAE software (such as SolidWorks, AutoCAD, NX, CATIA etc.). The FlightStream® vorticity solver works from very small mesh sizes compared to traditional CFD solvers and serves to reduce user input in generating high fidelity surface meshes

FlightStream® is one of the most versatile and powerful aerodynamic analysis tools for aerospace, marine and alternative energy applications today.

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but WHAT If i am a student?

Don't worry! If you are a student in an accredited university, you can access FlightStream® via the academic license program. Simply contact us and inform us of your needs and the fact that you are a student. We will set you up with training, licenses and resources to help you use FlightStream® to meet all your educational needs! 

Here is what you need to know about the FlightStream® Student edition and how it compares with the FlightStream® Professional edition:

software editions

 
Student Edition
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Professional Edition
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License duration
Academic year
365 days annual licensing
CAD import/export & meshing tools
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HPC computing and logistical support
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Abaqus import/export for structural modeling and analysis
 
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Solver Sweeper toolbox
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Stability & Control toolbox
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NPSS toolbox for propulsion integration and systems simulation
 
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Lazarus bio-mimetic optimizer toolbox
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Access to FlightStream® documentation & support
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Customized application support & engineering services
 
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flightstream® is a team player

THE ALL-IN-ONE AERODYNAMICS TOOLBOX

FlightStream® has its own CAD library that is compatible with all commercial CAD/CAE software such as NX, SolidWorks, Catia, Solid Edge and more. Any software that can generate a CAD file and export it in IGES or Parasolids format can be imported directly in FlightStream® and solved on. For users of Pointwise® meshing tools, FlightStream® is a compatible solver package.

FlightStream® is also capable of exporting surface flow parameters and aerodynamic loads to Tecplot 10, Tecplot 360 and ParaView post-processing software. On the structural analysis side, FlightStream® can import FEA surface-meshes while exporting aerodynamic force or pressure distributions (examples of compatible software include Abaqus, etc.). FlightStream® is also seamlessly integrated with the Phoenix® ModelCenter optimization and design analysis software and can be used directly within optimization pipelines.

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Import geometry
Export solution / geometry
CAD / CAE compatibility with commercial software (NX, SolidWorks, Catia, etc.)
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Pointwise® meshes
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NASA Vehicle Sketch Pad
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Tecplot 360 / Tecplot 10 / Tecplot Chorus
 
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ParaView analysis software
 
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Abaqus structural modeling and analysis
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ModelCenter optimization software
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importing & meshing your cad model

geometry pre-processing & surface meshing

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FlightStream® is equipped with Research in Flight's own proprietary CAD library, developed in house specifically for FlightStream®. This CAD library allows you to import CAD models directly from commercial CAD/CAE software (such as NX, SolidWorkds, Catia, etc.) into FlightStream®. Then there are the automated meshing tools that allows you to quickly create a perfect surface mesh for the FlightStream® solver.  

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Import CAD models directly via IGES or Parasolids formats

Generate high quality surface meshes

Fix any geometrical issues on the model using our CAD tools

Generate automated meshes in seconds!

Learn more about meshing in FlightStream®

specialized toolboxes

AUTOMATED DATA COLLECTION, N.P.S.S. PROPULSION MODELING, STABILITY & CONTROL TOOLBOX AND MORE...

FlightStream® has a very modular programming architecture, which allows us at Research in Flight to continually add specialized toolboxes to further enhance the FlightStream® experience. Many of these toolboxes are available to all our users, and some specialized toolboxes are made for specific users. Visit our Services pager to learn more about getting our team to design a toolbox specifically catered to your needs!

Some of the common toolboxes are available to all users. The Solver Sweeper toolbox allows users to automate large data collection sweeps on their FlightStream® simulations. The NPSS toolbox allows you to do detailed propulsion system modeling and simulation directly in conjunction with the FlightStream® flow solver. The Stability & Control toolbox allows the S&C engineer to gather large amounts of data relevant to their work without the need of dedicated CFD analysts or experience.

These toolboxes are provided free of charge for the FlightStream® Professional edition, although some NASA software (such as NPSS) are proprietary government software which are available only to U.S Persons and U.S. corporate organizations only. Users of the FlightStream® Student editions who meet the government restrictions can also access these toolboxes as part of their limited-term student licenses.

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Solver Sweeper

NPSS Toolbox

Stability & Control Toolbox

Learn more about our specialist toolboxes

marine applications

propellers, autonomous underwater vehicles, submarines, hull design, sails & more... 

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Learn more about how FlightStream® marine applications

flightstream® & MODELCENTER®

INTEGRATED DESIGN OPTIMIZATION

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FlightStream® is capable of being fully scripted in its operation. This allows it to be used inside a design optimization pipeline such as that offered by Phoenix® ModelCenter. ModelCenter and FlightStream® has been used to optimize the design of engine pylons on a DLR-F4 aircraft. The results of this study have been presented at the AIAA aviation conference in 2015. Phoenix® Integration and Research in Flight are partnered to provide you the integrated design optimization solution centered around ModelCenter and FlightStream®. Contact us to learn more about procuring this product.

hardware requirements

operating systems, ram, hardware & processing power

minimum

OS: Windows 7, 8.1, 10 (64 Bit)
Free Hard-Disk Space: 100 MB (More space is required to save simulations)
RAM: 2-6 GB
Dual-core processors or better
Dedicated graphics card

recommended

OS: Windows 7, 10 (64 Bit)
Free Hard-Disk Space: 1 GB (More space may be required to save large simulations)
RAM: 6-16 GB (Higher memory may be needed for large simulations)
Quad-core processors or higher for parallel scaling of the solver
Dedicated graphics hardware that has 3D capability and z-buffer. Integrated graphics chipsets are not recommended.

sample publications with flightstream®