Which Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software is used in Boeing and Airbus, and in the aircraft industry generally?

  • $\begingroup$ Please tell those of us not so knowledgeable what CFD stands for. $\endgroup$
    – Terry
    Commented Jul 23, 2020 at 18:50
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    $\begingroup$ All of them… In such big companies, you will find that each group chooses its favorite tool, sometimes few tools $\endgroup$
    – hdrz
    Commented Jul 23, 2020 at 18:52
  • $\begingroup$ @hdrz,open foam? $\endgroup$
    – IQ 240
    Commented Jul 23, 2020 at 19:31
  • $\begingroup$ @IQ240 Probably openFOAM as well. With the right pre- and post- processors you can use any solver $\endgroup$
    – hdrz
    Commented Jul 24, 2020 at 4:59

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Airbus develops its own CFD software, developed in cooperation with national aerodynamics laboratories like ONERA and DLR.

Boeing does something similar:

Boeing Commercial Airplanes has leveraged academia- and NASA-developed CFD technology, some developed under contract by Boeing Commercial Airplanes, into engineering tools used in new airplane development.

  • $\begingroup$ ,So they dont use comercial softwears..i didnt know that $\endgroup$
    – IQ 240
    Commented Jul 24, 2020 at 9:21
  • $\begingroup$ Boeing and Airbus started using CFD software before commercial solutions existed, so they basically had to develop their own. Something similar happened with CAD: Dassault developed CATIA, and ended up making it available commercially. $\endgroup$
    – Hobbes
    Commented Jul 24, 2020 at 10:40

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