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According to a report by Deloitte Global Aerospace and Defense Industry Outlook: A Tale of Two Industries “the growth in the commercial aircraft industry is expected to be driven by continued production and development of next-generation aircraft programs that aim to address increasing fuel costs.”

By optimizing the design process at a multi-department level, significant cost reductions are achieved. The modeFRONTIER optimization platform enables a multidisciplinary design framework, which takes into consideration interconnected influences between various subjects, targeting upfront cost savings. 

Applications of modeFRONTIER
in the aerospace industries

modeFRONTIER is used by major companies and institutes in aerospace, such as Embraer, Gulfstream, EADS, and ONERA. Engineers in the field use modeFRONTIER for:

  • wing design and aerodynamics
  • fuselage shape
  • aircraft structural components
  • aeroelastic systems
  • micro-air vehicles
  • noise sensitivity
  • metal sheet thermal forming
  • impact damage prediction
  • turbine blades
  • composite materials

Few examples:

This study by Embraer and ITA is intended to present a two step methodology for the structural optimization of a preliminary composite wing based on automatic zone modelling strategy followed by GA iterations.

The main objective of this paper is to study and to propose a methodology in order to obtain an optimized internal wing structure of the UAV aircraft. Such optimization takes into account the static aeroelastic effects of Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) through Computation Fluid Dynamics (CFD) techniques coupled with the Finite Element Method (FEM).

This paper describes how the adjoint approach can help the designer to efficiently reduce the flow separation onset at wing–fuselage intersection and to optimise the slat and flap positions of a 3D high-lift configuration. The optimisations were performed within a limited number of flow evaluations, emphasising the benefit of the adjoint approach in aircraft shape design.

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