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BAE Systems puts Tempest virtual design through its paces

24th August 2020 - 14:48 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Engineers at BAE Systems have been using the digital environment to design, test and fly conceptual models for the Tempest next-generation combat air system.

Using digital twin technologies, conceptual shapes for the UK aircraft have been virtually designed and tested more quickly than ever before, the company claimed on 24 August.

Following extensive digital testing of the concepts and aerodynamic features, 3D printed scale models were put through their paces at the BAE Systems wind tunnel facility in Warton, Lancashire, under wind speeds of more than twice the speed of sound. 

Data from the trials will be used to refine and shape the final design of Tempest, which is hoped to enter service by 2035.

The High Speed Wind Tunnel at Warton can consume 15 tonnes of air in 20 seconds when running at full power at subsonic, transonic and supersonic speeds.

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