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Lockheed Martin Chooses Mathcad as a Standard Design Package for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Project.



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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 22, 2003

Mathcad's Unique Calculation Management Capabilities Drive its Adoption by the Structural Analysis Group

Mathsoft Engineering & Education, Inc., the only provider of calculation solutions that drive best practices for engineers and engineering organizations, today announced that the Structural Analysis Group at Lockheed Martin For the former company, see .

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is a leading multinational aerospace manufacturer and advanced technology company formed in 1995 by the merger of Lockheed Corporation with Martin Marietta.
 Aeronautics Company has selected Mathcad as a standard environment for performing, documenting and managing the structural calculations on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter A strike fighter is a fighter aircraft which is also capable of attacking surface targets, including ships. It differs from an attack aircraft in that the aircraft remains a capable fighter.  (JSF (JavaServerFaces) A standard framework of components for building rich user interfaces for Java applications. JavaServer Faces run on the server, but are displayed on the client.

JSF - JavaServer Faces
) program--the largest military contract in history. Leveraging Mathcad's singular Calculation Management(TM) capabilities, the group can now trace the inputs, assumptions, methods, calculations and results that drive the F-35 JSF structural design process and realize newfound efficiencies in design, quality and productivity for the development of this twenty-first century military aircraft.

"The biggest immediate issues for the F-35 design team are ensuring top quality, shortening design cycles and reducing weight," said Dr. Glenn Morris This article is about U.S. track and field athlete. For American academic and Native American activist, see Glenn T. Morris.
Glenn Edward Morris (June 18, 1912 – January 31, 1974) was a U.S. track and field athlete.
, specialty lead for structural analysis at Lockheed Martin. "Mathcad will help us meet our needs by functioning as both a standard tool to perform and document critical calculations and as a design repository where the underlying assumptions behind the calculations can live. With Mathcad, we will also be able to do more aggressive mathematical analysis Analysis has its beginnings in the rigorous formulation of calculus. It is the branch of mathematics most explicitly concerned with the notion of a limit, whether the limit of a sequence or the limit of a function. , which helps us to speed up design cycles and make improvements to the weight of the aircraft."

The F-35 is the U.S. Military's fifth-generation fighter aircraft fighter aircraft

Aircraft designed primarily to secure control of essential airspace by destroying enemy aircraft in combat. Designed for high speed and maneuverability, they are armed with weapons capable of striking other aircraft in flight.
. The mission of the F-35 program is to provide the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, and the United Kingdom's Royal Navy and Royal Air Force with an affordable and stealthy stealth·y  
adj. stealth·i·er, stealth·i·est
Marked by or acting with quiet, caution, and secrecy intended to avoid notice. See Synonyms at secret.
 tactical aircraft for the twenty-first century. The JSF program is slated to produce a total of 2,593 aircraft for the United States' and United Kingdom's armed forces. A hallmark of the JSF program is its commitment to world-class manufacturing and a state-of-the-art production line that emphasizes advanced low-cost production, a virtual product team and integrated product ownership.

From the start, F-35 has been an international program. With eight international partners--the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Denmark, Norway and Australia--the program boasts unprecedented global participation. Additionally, Israel recently joined the program as a Security Cooperation Participant. Spearheaded by Lockheed Martin as the primary contractor, the JSF program involves subcontractors and suppliers from all over the world who contribute to keeping the aircraft affordable and unparalleled in quality.

"We are very proud that a company so well respected in aerospace as Lockheed Martin has chosen Mathcad as a standard design package. Mathsoft has identified Calculation Management as a crucial business process for engineering intensive organizations and now our industry leading customers such as Lockheed Martin are adopting Calculation Management as a strategic initiative," said Chris Randles, CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  of Mathsoft Engineering & Education, Inc. "By managing the critical engineering calculations for the structural design of the F-35, Lockheed Martin will improve productivity, eliminate redundancies, reduce errors, minimize audit time and raise quality."

Engineering and information technology challenges come together in the JSF program. Since the design strategy of the F-35 emphasizes efficiency and low cost, Lockheed Martin set out to use common software for the design of the entire aircraft--from the mission systems and subsystems to the airframe. This is critical to achieving more efficient test and checkout procedures and reduced software maintenance infrastructure. Currently, decreasing the estimated weight of the structural elements Structural elements are used in structural analysis to simplify the structure which is to be analysed.

Structural elements can be linear, surfaces or volumes.

Linear elements:
  • Rod - axial loads
  • Beam - axial and bending loads
 of the aircraft is a top priority for the design team as it prepares for its next major milestone, Critical Design Review. Mathcad, with its ability to facilitate rigorous data analysis, will help enable the Structural Analysis Group to meet this important goal. At the same time, Mathcad's centralized cen·tral·ize  
v. cen·tral·ized, cen·tral·iz·ing, cen·tral·iz·es

v.tr.
1. To draw into or toward a center; consolidate.

2.
 repository capabilities will contribute greatly to the program's objective of creating a seamless engineering and business environment linking the JSF Program Office, Lockheed Martin and its U.S. and international team members. Harnessing its integration capabilities, the F-35 structural design team is also integrating Mathcad with other essential tools such as Finite Element Analysis Finite element analysis (FEA) is a computer simulation technique used in engineering analysis. It uses a numerical technique called the finite element method (FEM). There are many finite element software packages, both free and proprietary.  and Computer Aided Design (application) Computer Aided Design - (CAD) The part of CAE concerning the drawing or physical layout steps of engineering design. Often found in the phrase "CAD/CAM" for ".. manufacturing".  software.

About Mathsoft Engineering & Education, Inc.

Mathsoft Engineering & Education, Inc. is the only provider of engineering calculation and Calculation Management software to industry and higher education higher education

Study beyond the level of secondary education. Institutions of higher education include not only colleges and universities but also professional schools in such fields as law, theology, medicine, business, music, and art.
. Mathsoft recognizes that calculations drive engineering processes and, with Mathcad, offers the one software solution that allows organizations to capture engineering analyses as well as the thought processes This is a list of thinking styles, methods of thinking (thinking skills), and types of thought. See also the List of thinking-related topic lists, the List of philosophies and the .  and information behind them. With Mathsoft's Calculation Management solutions, engineering-intensive organizations can achieve improved efficiency, greater productivity and reduced risk as they gain increased visibility into their design and development processes and continuous verification and validation Verification and Validation (V&V) is the process of checking that a product, service, or system meets specifications and that it fulfills its intended purpose. These are critical components of a quality management system such as ISO 9000.  of key calculations. Mathcad, with its patented self-documenting, live-math interface, is the internationally recognized standard for technical calculation and applying mathematics. Mathcad is deployed at 90% of the Fortune 1000 companies, over 500 government installations, and more than 2,000 colleges and universities. Based in Cambridge, Mass., Mathsoft Engineering & Education, Inc. has additional offices in the U.K. and Japan and distributors in over 50 countries. The company can be found on the Web at www.mathsoft.com.

Mathsoft and Calculation Management are trademarks and Mathcad and StudyWorks! are registered trademarks of Mathsoft Engineering & Education, Inc. All other names or marks may be registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.
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