Software

LEGEND, a LEO-to-GEO Environment Debris Model

LEGEND (LEO-to-GEO Environment Debris model) is a three-dimensional orbital debris evolutionary model that is capable of simulating the historical and future debris populations in the near- Earth environment. The historical component in LEGEND adopts a deterministic approach to mimic the known historical populations. Launched rocket bodies, spacecraft, and mission-related debris (rings, bolts, etc.) are added to the simulated environment. Known historical breakup events are reproduced, and fragments down to 1 mm in size are created.

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Simulation and Analysis Drive Transmission Development

3D software enables design and optimization of complex geometry and structures. Vicura is a developer of manual transmissions and dry dual clutch transmissions, as well as powertrain integration in a large number of front wheel drive and all wheel drive applications. The company’s engineers are responsible for a broad range of complex simulation and analysis testing including system, structure, and fluid mechanics. The team performs critical simulation and analysis to ascertain the strength, stiffness, thermal, and dynamic behaviors of all possible transmission assemblies and components (housings, shafts, gears, synchronizers, clutches, etc.).

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Conjugate Thermal Analysis of a Generic LED Light Bulb

Thermal and fluid modeling is used to understand temperature fields and airflow around the bulb. The design and application of LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting solutions provides new opportunities for thermofluid- mechanical modeling enabled by multiphysics analysis. A coupled thermal and fluid modeling effort was used to understand the temperature fields and airflow around a generic LED light bulb.

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Analysis of Spiral Resonator Filters

Improved performance coupled with reduced size requires the development of novel filter designs for use in advanced wireless systems. Increasing demand for more advanced wireless systems necessitates the introduction of novel designs that are capable of simultaneously fulfilling multiple operating and performance criteria. The implementation of high-datarate transmission systems has required the development of innovative designs for microwave filters that must fit within a reduced volume to allow integration of multiple filters in more compact wireless systems. Additionally, the filter’s specific passband frequencies and quality factors must be achieved within the system’s geometrical and topological constraints.

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Enigma Version 12

Enigma Version 12 software combines model building, animation, and engineering visualization into one concise software package. Enigma employs a versatile user interface to allow average users access to even the most complex pieces of the application. Using Enigma eliminates the need to buy and learn several software packages to create an engineering visualization. Models can be created and/or modified within Enigma down to the polygon level. Textures and materials can be applied for additional realism. Within Enigma, these models can be combined to create systems of models that have a hierarchical relationship to one another, such as a robotic arm. Then these systems can be animated within the program or controlled by an external application programming interface (API). In addition, Enigma provides the ability to use plug-ins. Plug-ins allow the user to create custom code for a specific application and access the Enigma model and system data, but still use the Enigma drawing functionality.

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ISSM: Ice Sheet System Model

In order to have the capability to use satellite data from its own missions to inform future sea-level rise projections, JPL needed a full-fledged ice-sheet/iceshelf flow model, capable of modeling the mass balance of Antarctica and Greenland into the near future. ISSM was developed with such a goal in mind, as a massively parallelized, multi-purpose finite-element framework dedicated to ice-sheet modeling.

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Planetary Protection Bioburden Analysis Program

This program is a Microsoft Access program that performed statistical analysis of the colony counts from assays performed on the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft to determine the bioburden density, 3-sigma biodensity, and the total bioburdens required for the MSL prelaunch reports. It also contains numerous tools that report the data in various ways to simplify the reports required. The program performs all the calculations directly in the MS Access program. Prior to this development, the data was exported to large Excel files that had to be cut and pasted to provide the desired results. The program contains a main menu and a number of submenus. Analyses can be performed by using either all the assays, or only the accountable assays that will be used in the final analysis.

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