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Google Code-in 2014 BRL-CAD

NACA Airfoils Code - Convert Fortran to C++ #3.5

completed by: Andromeda Galaxy

mentors: Kesha Shah, Ishwerdas

The NACA airfoils are airplane wing shapes developed by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). These shapes are described by a series of digits, which are translated into actual shapes by a series of computer programs. These programs date back several decades, and were written in Fortran.

BRL-CAD's interest in this code is as a possible means of procedurally generating wing geometry in BRL-CAD models, but we would prefer to have the shape generating logic in one of BRL-CAD's standard languages - C or C++. The target code for this effort is a modernization of older NACA codes by Ralph Carmichael called naca456.

The initial conversion will attempt to precisely reproduce the functionality as currently expressed in the Fortran code - any more elaborate reworking of the logic will be evaluated after we have a C/C++ version that reproduces the Fortran outputs correctly.

Your task involves identifying and implementing in C an approach to the file input code in the file This code currently uses Fortran features for input parsing - your task is to create an approach in C that achieves the same results.

  1. Check out the git repository: git clone
  2. Make sure you can build the stub files that are there (cd naca; mkdir build; cd build; cmake ..; make)
  3. Translate the file parsing logic in naca456.f90 into functionally similar C code.
  4. Make sure the code compiles (a full conversion of naca456.f90 is not required for this task, since the input parsing looks a bit tricky.)
  5. Submit the new .c file contents as a patch.

You'll want to make sure to preserve any comments that contain useful information from the Fortran sources, as well as the actual logic. If you're successful, there will be follow-on tasks building on this one to compare the output of the new C naca456 to the original Fortran version.

  • src/proc-db/naca