MultiSurface Aerodynamics easily models complex wing geometries using multiple tapered surfaces (up to 30). The software computes the resulting Cl, Cd, Cm, the lift distribution, induced angle of attack distribution, the neutral point, angle of trim, Cl-alpha and Cm-alpha. MultiSurface Aerodynamics includes a body of revolution to simulate an airplane fuselage, a bulb for a keel and other applications.
MultiSurface Aerodynamics is used by engineers, designers and students as an interactive tool to design and immediately analyze aircraft wings, aircraft wing and body combinations, sailboat keels, bulbs & rudders, race car spoilers, hydrofoils and other aerodynamics concepts directly on their personal computer.
The software computes longitudinal and lateral static stability derivatives and other parameters necessary for efficient flight. It includes a built-in stand-alone airfoil analysis tool that computes Cl, Cd & Cm for general airfoil shapes.
3DFoil is a lite version of MultiSurface Aerodynamics. It excludes the body of revolution and has 8-surfaces (instead of 30). The remaining features of the full version are intact in 3DFoil including the built-in tools, airfoil library and stability analysis.
Aerodynamics conceptual design and analysis is fast and accurate using MultiSurface Aerodynamics. The following analysis methods and tools are available in the software:
MultiSurface Aerodynamics computes the following:
|Feature||3DFoil Version||Full Version|
|Vortex lattice method (using vortex ring)|
|Linear Strength Panel Method for Airfoil Analysis|
|Boundary Layer Solver (for profile drag)|
|Three Degree of Freedom Trajectory Analysis|
|3-D Body of Revolution|
|Number of Tapered Surfaces||8||30|
|Mirror Image Setting|
|Ground Effect Setting|
|NACA 4, 5 & 6 Digit Airfoil Tool|
|Built-in UIUC Airfoil Database (Over 1000 airfoils)|
|Custom Airfoils (Text/DXF File Import)|
|Precision Airfoil Plotting Utility|
|Export 3D Wings to STL File|
|Export Airfoils to DXF File|
|Printable Performance Reports|
|Cl, Cd & Cm versus Angle of Attack Plot|
|Lift/Drag Polar Plot|
|Export Tables to CSV File|
|Monthly Subscription||$40 US||$189 US|
|Yearly Subscription||$229 US||$995 US|
"For this study, the aerodynamic forces and moments are computed using MultiSurface Aerodynamics (MSA)14 software."
"The aerodynamics of the aircraft is computed using a commercial code called MultiSurface Aerodynamics (MSA)."
"Each board was analyzed with Hanley Innovations 3DFoil software to assess the lift and drag of the main shaft (vertical portion of the daggerboard) and the tip (horizontal portion). There is a significant carryover of the lift from one foil section to the other ..."
3DFoil is a Lite version of MultiSurface Aerodynamics. It requires a PC, Laptop or tablet running MS Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 10. The subscription cost of the 3DFoil version is $40 per month or $229 per year.