Senior Research Aerospace Engineer, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory
Rich Snyder is a Senior Research Aerospace Engineer in the Multidisciplinary Science and Technology Center (MSTC) of the Aerospace Systems Directorate, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. He has a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the Ohio State University and 27 years of experience in multidisciplinary analysis and computational aeroelasticity. He is now the Geometry Representation and Design Exploration Team Lead within MSTC.
The Multidisciplinary Science and Technology Center (MSTC) in the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory is bringing new disciplines, increased physical fidelity, and new methods into the design process to give engineers more and better information on physical behavior as early as possible. We expect the enriched process to reduce the rate at which defects are designed into a system because its true behavior will be predicted sooner. We also expect better modeling to open up the design space and enable the discovery of more effective configurations. However, there are many challenges--large design spaces, complex software interactions, essential nonlinearities and transients, and limits on time to name a few. This presentation will summarize physics-based design and analysis capabilities in MSTC and identify opportunities for future improvements.