Integration of Performance Models Into Virtual Prototyping Environment

Period of Performance: 03/31/1997 - 03/31/1999


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Technical Solutions, Inc.
P.O. Box 1148
Mesilla Park, NM 88047
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


A workstation for Virtual prototyping of aspects of combat systems is proposed. Performance models will be integrated into a continuous data flow process receiving data from design tool outputs and providing results to wargarnes used for analysis. Design processes specify shape, configuration, materials, function and other required design components to achieve a conceptualized capability for combat systems. These data are not typically in the proper formats, or in some cases sufficiently complete, for use in evaluation by performance models. A process for conditioning these data, and augmenting them as required, must be developed, as well as an interactive, user-friendly means of performing the requrred operations. Additionally, the output of performance models are not typically in the proper formats for wargame models used in analysis. Similarly, a need exists for a process to condition these outputs to the proper formats and augrnent them as required. These processes are envisioned to be most useful if integrated into a workstation environment that also executes the performance models and the wargame models, as well as providing analytical tools for evaluation of simulation results.Under this effort performance models for mobility and vulnerabmty will be integrated through data conditioning with design tools and combat simulation for evaluation of alternative virtual prototypes, using HLA standards as applicable. The results of this effort will demonstrate the potential for interfacing CAD-based design data to performance models for assessment of mobillty and structural strength characteristics, which are an area of concern to manufacturers, and particularly the automotive industry.