Aerospace belongs to explorers. We have been instrumental in pioneering the establishment of optimization centers at major aerospace OEMs. Our simulation technologies develop complex, high-fidelity finite-element models for the predictive virtual testing of airframes, engines, and aircraft interiors. We accurately simulate impact damage and correlate against vulnerability events. Now, new methods fuse with old for entirely new processes that take us further than ever into the beyond.
For years the predominant pre-processor and solver for aircraft structural analysis were technologies with roots dating back to the Apollo program. During the past decade, the increased adoption of topology optimization in the aerospace industry created a shift. Now, modern solution-specific workflows are changing the user experience for pre-processing and bringing increased efficiency to the certification by analysis process.
Aerospace organizations are seeking to empower design engineers not only to design, but to analyze, and certify parts to reduce development times with simulation. This is motivating the development of a new type of tool, which provides an environment for analysis, optimization, manufacturing checks, and geometry editing; supporting fast design iterations and decision making.
Increased adoption of data analytics will shape the way early program decisions are made. Applying statistical methods, such as dimensionality reduction to a large number of design variables, will help identify a subset of critical performance criteria. The essential measures can then be considered during early studies, using advanced physics simulations to identify the most promising design concepts.
Ross Atherton, Future Programmes Team Lead – Structural Systems Design at Rolls-Royce presents at the UK Altair Technology Conference 2022.
Modern aerospace gas turbine engines are some of the most complex and highly-integrated machines on the planet. With huge responsibility on the aviation industry to reach a carbon neutral position in the coming years the engineering challenge isn’t getting any easier. This presentation covers industry and design trends and highlights the design challenges of the Rolls-Royce UltraFan® engine; a next generation gas turbine designed to introduce a step reduction in fuel burn, emissions, noise, and operating costs.
Weight comes at a premium in aerospace, and the second half of this presentation goes into detail on how Rolls-Royce have deployed the Altair Hyperworks toolset to enhance the structural efficiency of the UltraFan® engine, covering: rapid model and mesh creation; new insights from structural optimisation and robust design; integrated post-processing; and the resulting acceleration of the engineering design iteration cycle.
TEN TECH AEROSPACE & DEFENSE, INC. provides multi-discipline engineering services including high-end mechanical engineering design, analysis, physical testing support and hardware prototyping services.
Because speed and accuracy are top priorities, they selected Altair® SimLab® for its intuitive interface that allows them to stay in the same tool for the entire process from meshing and setup to solving and visualization. They are also able to use their legacy data efficiently, ensuring customers are fully protected.
Reducing aircraft design and development time is critical for all aircraft manufacturers, from urban air mobility and electric aircraft startups to military to commercial OEMs. In order to fully understand and optimize the complex systems of systems required in modern aircraft, aerospace engineers leverage a simulation method called Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE). MBSE allows the evaluation of various types of vehicle systems to determine which best meet the mission requirements.