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Thermal Management

Engineering the thermal balance of a modern aircraft is challenging. Electrification, innovative designs and lighter materials warrant increased heat rejection while ensuring system safety and passenger comfort. Our solution portfolio offers a cohesive virtual thermal management analysis by optimizing thermal loading and passenger comfort, front-loading system and equipment integration and enabling thermal trade-off analysis early in the design. This combined systems engineering, modeling and simulation, test and verification is the key to engineering aircraft thermal innovation.

Engineering the thermal balance of a modern aircraft is challenging. Electrification, innovative designs and lighter materials warrant increased heat rejection while ensuring system safety and passenger comfort. Our solution portfolio offers a cohesive virtual thermal management analysis by optimizing thermal loading and passenger comfort, front-loading system and equipment integration and enabling thermal trade-off analysis early in the design. This combined systems engineering, modeling and simulation, test and verification is the key to engineering aircraft thermal innovation.

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Whether it is commercial or military aviation, the industry is investing billions in the electrification of aircraft systems and weapon systems. This electrification, combined with other trends like the implementation of composite materials or the search for stealthy aircraft shapes, creates new thermal and energy management challenges. These need to be addressed early in the development phase at an integrated level.

Using virtual integrated methodology allows manufacturers to combine model-based systems engineering, modeling, and simulation, verification and testing to build a digital twin to address increased thermal loads and decreased ability to reject heat. By performing architecture trade-off analysis early in the design cycle, frontloading system and equipment integration, optimizing passenger comfort, and identifying innovative designs, our solutions allow you to virtually design an optimal thermal performance before building prototypes. This global virtual thermal analysis reduces design and development costs and leads to safer thermal designs.

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Aircraft Electrical Systems

Create a more electric aircraft by optimizing its electrical network and accounting for thermal integration. Simcenter Amesim helps you design reliable generators, electromechanical and electrohydrostatic actuators, and analyze the impact of network reconfiguration in case of failure. Using co-simulation with Simulink ®, you can integrate generator control units with high-fidelity multi-physics models. Preprocessing and postprocessing tools, like EHA and EMA parameter optimization, fast Fourier transform (FFT), and linear analysis features, help with certification tests.

Aircraft Engine Performance Engineering

Achieving performance requirements for emissions, noise, energy efficiency, safety, reliability in complex aircraft engine systems requires a platform that provides an integrated view of a large set of disciplines. By uniquely combining robust design space exploration, scalable multi-physics, dynamics and CFD capabilities, industry-leading physical testing and experienced engineering services, Siemens Digital Industry Software portfolio delivers engineering insight on all levels.

Aircraft Performance Engineering

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.

Environmental Control Systems

Ensure the comfort of passengers and crew in aircraft, ships, submarines, trains and battle tanks. Simcenter Amesim helps design the cabin, bleed system control, global energy management, air conditioning, ventilation circuit and carbon dioxide bottle discharge systems. The solution enables you to take into account temperature, humidity, pressure and change of pressure rate in dynamic conditions. It helps you design systems with higher efficiency, lower weight and volume, and reduced energy consumption.

Fluid dynamics simulation

Simcenter offre un logiciel de mécanique des fluides numérique de pointe, qui vous permet de simuler presque tous les problèmes d’ingénierie impliquant des flux de liquides, de gaz ou d’une combinaison des deux, ainsi que tous les phénomènes physiques associés.

Thermal Simulation

Simcenter includes comprehensive, best-in-class thermal simulation capabilities that can help you to understand the thermal characteristics of your product and subsequently tailor your thermal management solution for optimal performance.

Virtual Integrated Aircraft

Increase the efficiency of your aircraft program by addressing the complexity of aircraft systems, and investigating system interactions from the early design phases. Simcenter system simulation solutions enable the virtual integrated aircraft (VIA) approach to support your model-based systems engineering, modeling and simulation, verification and validation processes. The approach can be tuned to the structure of your organization, and helps your engineering team collaborate, instead of work in silos.

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