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Physics Engines?

2005-11-28 00:13:46.944407+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Hey, has anyone worked with any of the various open source physics engines? I've been thinking more and more about the issues of helicopter simulation, and I'm starting to wonder how much processor power it takes to model the physics (modulo the aerodynamics) of the rotor system with modern CPUs...

[ related topics: Free Software Aviation - Helicopters ]

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#Comment Re: made: 2005-11-28 00:40:14.921635+00 by: meuon

I know the guys at the UTC SimCenter were doing some excruciatingly detailed rotor/vortex studies using a large cluster.. but how much is needed for what you are looking for... no clue other than hopefully a LOT less.

#Comment Re: made: 2005-11-28 11:13:40.5266+00 by: Dan Lyke

I'm just looking for something where I can take a simplified linkage of masses and apply forces to them. The aerodynamics simulations would provide some of the forces, but there's a lot more free axes of motion in a helicopter rotor than you'd initially think, and most of the papers on the topic seem to have been written back in the 1980s, when desktop computing power was nowhere near what it is now.