Simulation for Aerospace

image of CFD studyThe first issue of the ANSYS Advantage magazine for 2013 is now available for your reading pleasure… and it focuses on the aerospace industry. Our subject is especially timely, since the aerospace industry is poised to kick off another record year: OEMs (including Boeing and Airbus) as well as the supply chain (such as GE Aviation and Pratt & Whitney)  have record backlogs of orders. I’m proud to be involved in putting this magazine together. The publication involves a huge effort from our customers and our staff, so I congratulate and thank them for an excellent job.

Next-generation technology in aerospace

One of the reasons I enjoy this work so much is that I gain insight into a breadth of applications. All too often, we get focused on a specific discipline, such as aerodynamics, composites, electronic systems or software (among others), causing us to lose sight of the bigger picture. In aerospace, the view from 20,000 feet shows us that the industry designs and manufactures some of the most complex man-made systems on earth.

Seeing it from this perspective really makes me realize the important role that the modeling and simulation community plays in aerospace product development. While we continually strive for incremental improvements in each discipline, we cannot lose sight of  coupling all these disciplines as a system — and not just hardware, but software and embedded systems. Furthermore, we must also focus on the future —  so the industry can continue to grow and contribute to developing revolutionary next-generation technology. All of these factors make the aerospace industry so exciting today!

image of a Droid simulation in ANSYS FluentIf you look at the current magazine, titled Simulation for Aerospace, you’ll find many insightful articles that describe how top companies incorporate ANSYS software to develop breakthroughs and optimize materials in the industry. A few of our top stories focus on key business initiatives, such as fuel efficiency and decreasing costs.

Although each article focuses on a niche application, our team succeeded in creating an issue that showcases the breadth of applications and the need for a comprehensive systems view that I mentioned earlier.

To show you what I’m talking about, one article is entitled “Testing the Next Generation of Rockets.” Engineers used structural analysis to provide additional thrust for analyzing rocket engine test equipment. A different article, “Shaping Up” focuses on using mesh morphing to reduce the time required to optimize an aircraft wing.

Esterel’s SCADE Suite software, which meets the highest level of safety regulations in the aerospace industry, was used to design braking systems to meet stringent government safety codes at significantly reduced costs and increased speeds.

I hope you enjoy reading this edition of ANSYS Advantage and find it beneficial and rewarding, even if you are not directly involved in the aerospace industry. We’d love to hear your thoughts about this issue; feel free to comment below.