Fulcrum utilizes state-of-the-art computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling techniques to provide in-depth aerodynamic analysis. Flight science engineers at Fulcrum bring years of experience simulating fluid flow for a wide variety of applications. These include analysis of turbomachinery components, external aerodynamics of modifications to fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, and safe separation / jettison analysis. The team employs STAR-CCM+, a leading commercial CFD package, on a cloud-based, scalable HPC service to simulate fluid flows and deliver product insights. Traditional physics models are utilized for aerodynamic loads analysis, design studies, and efficiency calculations. Depending on project requirements, Fulcrum leverages experience with more advanced modeling techniques, including dynamic fluid body interaction (DFBI), fluid-structure interaction (FSI), conjugate heat transfer (CHT), discrete phase modeling (DPM), and acoustic analysis. The Fulcrum flight sciences team delivers results to inform key design decisions, validate existing hardware, and explore critical regions of the solution space.
Aerodynamic Loads Analysis
GP-19 Gun Pod
The shape of the GP-19 was designed with the aid of aerodynamic analysis at several anticipated flight points using STAR-CCM+ CFD software. Aerodynamic load data is provided to the stress team for FEM analysis. Cooling considerations were investigated with internal flow models.
B429 CLAW Fairings
Jump Rocket Exhaust Deflector
Safe Separation/Jettison Analysis
C-12 Wing Locker ALE Support System (ALESS)