Before flying high, the 777X went against the wind. To streamline the low-speed wind tunnel testing, a team of engineers and applied mathematicians developed a new software program that improves how Boeing tests model aircraft.
The software uses a complex algorithm to find the most efficient sequence to perform each test. The program was designed to minimize the extensive time engineers and technicians spend making changes to various parts on the small-scale model aircraft. When the 777X completed testing, the software program reduced the time needed to adjust the model by 25 percent.
In the future, the optimization tool will be used for tests at the QinetiQ low-speed wind tunnel at Farnborough in the United Kingdom.