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NASA's Common Research Model (CRM) international collaboration

May 5, 2017. NASA. A key to success with any international collaboration is that participants find a common language to work from...for aeronautical engineers working to design, build and test aircraft of the future, at least one tool available to facilitate collaboration around the world is NASA’s Common Research Model (CRM). 
     The CRM is a modern, commercial transport shape that exists both as a physical airplane model that can be tested in wind tunnels, and as a digital computer model that can be tested using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).
     “Having this shared baseline in the form of the CRM, which everybody can use, is something that helps the whole aviation community advance,” said Richard Wahls, the strategic technical advisor for NASA’s Advanced Air Vehicles Program.
     Wahls and two colleagues – NASA’s Melissa Rivers and Boeing’s John Vassberg – were honored for their work on the CRM on May 3 with an International Cooperation Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

CRM is a remarkable example of how aeronautical researchers and engineers in industry, government, and academia can work together across international borders sharing results on relevant problems for the benefit of all.
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

    Begun more than ten years ago, the CRM was initially intended as a tool to enable researchers to basically check each other’s work and make sure everyone was getting the same results when trying to predict the physics of a particular aircraft design...Read the NASA article here. 

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Below: The CRM under a sheet of laser beams for particle imaging in a NASA wind tunnel. Image source: Credit: NASA. Public domain.