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Innovate the future aircraft: Rethink next-generation aircraft engineering

Driven by the need for CO2 emission reduction, electrification is a major trend in the aviation industry. Designing the future aircraft, such as electric propulsion aircraft and hydrogen-powered aircraft, will require innovative technologies and processes.

The white paper describes the challenges faced by aviation engineers. It explains how a model-based systems engineering (MBSE) approach helps manufacturers and their suppliers innovate the future aircraft.

Learn how to deploy a comprehensive digital twin for performance engineering, facilitate the behavioral verification and validation by using realistic simulations, and effectively tackle design complexities by removing silos between disciplines.

Understand how electrification transforms the development process of the next-generation aircraft

In this white paper, you will learn how to address the technical engineering challenges related to electrification — challenges which in turn impact the development process. The white paper includes concrete examples, explaining how a model-based systems engineering approach innovates the processes of aircraft thermal management and of electrical system integration. The methodology uses a comprehensive digital twin to prevent engineering in silos.

How to rethink your aircraft performance engineering process

Engineering the critical performances of the next-generation aircraft is challenging. From the early stages of development, there are numerous key stakeholders engaging in the final design. When these stakeholders behave as islands that conduct static, document-based communication, nobody obtains a clear view on the integrated and dynamic systems performance.

In a nutshell, scalable and collaborative tools for dynamic, model-based systems engineering can help in simulating, optimizing, and testing the physical behavior of the future aircraft. Watch the short video and unlock the potential of the digital twin for integrated and dynamic performance engineering.

Manufacturers implement model-based systems engineering in recent and future aircraft designs: Airbus Helicopters story

Understand how manufacturers already implement the technology. In this case study, Stéphane Amerio and Franck Nicolas from Airbus Helicopters explain how they used the model-based systems engineering approach to accelerate the fuel system design cycle in modern helicopters. Read the case study.

Read further: How electrified aircraft propulsion impacts design processes

Relying on electric propulsion for aircraft designs expands the design space. Engineers envision innovative concepts with several electric motors spread over the airframe. Many concepts leverage this versatility to offer short or vertical take-off and landing (STOL or VTOL) capabilities. Read in this blog article how new electric aircraft propulsion systems impact the design processes. The article showcases concrete examples on how to address the engineering complexity resulting from novel designs.

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

Today's aerodynamic, structural, and system choices 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 the design cycle.

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