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How virtual aircraft integration helps accelerate aircraft systems engineering

Addressing the challenges related to air traffic demand requires radical new technologies and concepts. These future air transportation concepts are essential to help manage the climate change and traffic congestion issues as well as the increased safety and security requirements. As the world economy becomes more interconnected, industry players must work together to develop the best possible concepts for future generations. The aviation industry needs a major paradigm shift.

In this white paper, you will learn how a virtual integrated aircraft (VIA) approach helps accelerate aircraft systems engineering. By implementing a model-based design method, you master the aircraft systems integration complexity, from component to full system.

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Adopt a model-based design approach for aircraft model integration and accelerate aircraft systems engineering

Modern technologies have the potential to improve engineering processes by implementing a model-based design approach. The process starts with the bill-of-materials (BOM) and manages every change, keeping track of the requirement verification throughout the aircraft subsystems until the integrated system testing processes.

On the systems and structural engineering level, scalable multi-domain engineering tools help you to implement a model-based design approach and capture the complexity of aircraft systems design and development.

Engineering a system is all about understanding how the different physical phenomena affect a product’s functionality under normal and abnormal conditions as well as throughout all operational cycles. The complexity of aircraft systems engineering mandates tools that are truly multi-domain.

Using a model-based design approach, you can realize early aircraft model integration to assess and validate the multiphysics performance of the virtual aircraft systems.

Learn how Irkut Corporation uses system simulation solutions to develop and integrate MC-21 airliner systems

It used to be common practice to solve the challenges of integrating complex aircraft onboard systems at the detailed engineering phase while the fine-tuning and calibration are performed at the bench and flight test phases. But the development and integration of the MC-21 airliner systems, Irkut Corporation decided to deploy Simcenter Amesim. The company addressed system integration challenges at the physical component interactions level, using proven design tools based on the system energy distribution approach (system power balance).

With the multiphysics system simulation models of the aircraft systems and components, engineers from Irkut Corporation’s engineering center analyzed the aircraft systems’ interactions at the physical level (thermal, hydraulic, fluid dynamics, electrical, mechanical, controls, etc.), at the predesign phase and at the beginning of the detailed engineering stages.

Read how Irkut Corporation developed and integrated MC-21 airliner systems.

Learn why Airbus Helicopters relies on system simulation and virtual aircraft methods

Nicolas Damiani, simulation and operational analysis expert at Airbus Helicopters, discusses the role of simulation and virtual aircraft. Read the interview on the Simcenter blog or discover the case study.

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Explore more solutions for the performance engineering of current and next-generation aircraft

The aerodynamic, structural, and system choices of today define the aircraft performance of tomorrow and can make or break the aircraft program’s 10 to 40-year future. An integrated digitalization strategy accelerates aircraft programs and reduces engineering risk to achieve better designs faster, thus eliminating costly issues later in design cycle.

Simcenter offers a wealth of integrated solutions for aircraft performance engineering enabling the generation of a comprehensive digital twin.

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