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Walt Gillette: Just Plane Genius
Posted Tue April 11, 2006 @10:58AM
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News A recent Business Week article chronicles the achievements of Boeing engineer Walt Gillette as he approaches retirement after 37 years designing aircraft. Included in the story is a recount of his early use of CFD:

Gillette used an analytical method called computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to crack the toughest design problems, including figuring out how to sling powerful new engines on the wings of a small 737. "Every time we tried to put one of those big fat nacelles [engine enclosures] close to the wing, we got terrible aerodynamic interference between the nacelle and the wing," Gillette recalled. "The extra drag made it unacceptable."

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