AIRBUS Talks - Aircraft Design Tools

In this second video in our series 'AIRBUS talks' we dive into the different methods that are used to design a modern airplane: - CFD (computational fluid dynamics): aerodynamic simulations running on high-performance computers - Wind tunnel testing: using scaled models inside a wind tunnel to analyze multiple set points - Flight testing: flying the real airplane to map its behaviour, performing reject take-off scenario's, stall angle detection, ... AIRBUS gives us insights into the benefits of these methods: - CFD: it's possible to simulate the real Reynolds number - the real speed & size of the airplane - Wind tunnel testing: you can analyze multiple setpoints over a single campaign - Flight testing: the one & only end evaluation Most of the efforts are focused on cruise flight, as this represents 90% of the operating regime of the plane. We also zoom in on the challenges of keeping the Reynolds number the same. AIRBUS even goes as far as working with different gases at low temperature & pressure to get the same Reynolds number as the real aircraft! They've performed tests at DNW (German-Dutch Wind tunnels), ETW (European Transonic Wind Tunnel), DLR (Deutsche Luft & Raumfahrt) and more. Coming up next: How AIRBUS was and is involved in the America's Cup! For more information, visit: www.airshaper.com www.facebook.com/AirShaper www.linkedin.com/company/airshaper #AirShaper #AircraftDesignTools #AirbusAerodynamics

Supported by

  • Solar Impulse
  • iMec
  • Voxdale

Code contributions by

  • KU Leuven
  • Inholland
  • Linkoping University