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2022 OpenVSP Workshop
What is OpenVSP?
For those unfamiliar with OpenVSP, it is primarily an aircraft-centric geometry and analysis software that enables rapid generation of conceptual models using components that are parameterized by common engineering or design parameters such as span, chord, twist, or sweep for wings or length and cross-sections for fuselages/bodies. With these building blocks, you can model almost any sort of outer mold line for a vehicle or object, from transport or fighter aircraft to inhabited space capsules and entry vehicles, boats, missiles, cars, trains, planets… the list goes on. Analyses and features within OpenVSP include a vortex-lattice / panel method aerodynamics solver, mass properties, parasite drag buildup, Finite Element structural meshing, unstructured CFD meshing, supersonic wave drag, intersected surface area and volume, and others. Models may be exported to numerous external tools in a variety of formats including BREP solid export to go straight from OpenVSP to gridding for CFD or to CAD packages jumpstarting the initial design work so users can focus on detailed modifications rather than the underlying OML. OpenVSP is highly scriptable and can be heavily automated to perform large design space explorations with the Python or MATLAB API or by the built-in AngelScript language. A comprehensive paper describing OpenVSP's history and capabilities may be downloaded here.
Users are welcome to familiarize themselves with the OpenVSP fundamentals by visiting the OpenVSP Ground School website Chapter 1 content.
What is the OpenVSP Workshop?
The OpenVSP Workshops are annual opportunities for users of all experience levels, including those with no prior experience, to learn about ongoing OpenVSP development and features directly from the source and to gain knowledge and skill in leveraging a versatile aerospace geometry design and analysis software. Representatives from NASA, Department of Defense, Industry, and Academia participate in the workshop alongside individual users to showcase new research, demonstrate improvements to aerospace discipline solvers and codes, and to provide OpenVSP best-practices to the user community. The Workshop also serves as an opportunity for developers and users to come together to discuss ideas and pose questions that help to guide the future of OpenVSP capabilities.
Please post a question to the OpenVSP Google Group if you have any questions about the Workshop content.
Thanks to the National Institute of Aerospace!
The National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) generously hosted and provided support to make this event a resounding success. The NIA is a nonprofit research, graduate education, and outreach institute located in Hampton, VA. It was created in 2002 by NASA’s Langley Research Center (LaRC). The NIA collaborates with NASA, other government agencies and laboratories, universities, and industry to conduct leading-edge research and technology development in space exploration, aeronautics, and science. In addition, NIA offers a broad, multi-university graduate education program and award-winning outreach.
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