Toward smarter manufacturing and materials At the U.K.'s new Advanced Manufacturing Research Center, engineers and innovators have at their disposal some of the world's most advanced design and manufacturing assets for precision engineering.
More electric, integrated fuel systems Engine system reliability can be improved by advanced electric architectures, while the reduction of hydraulic components, fuel tubes, and fittings can enhance the maintainability of the engine and minimize pilot workload.
Into the DEAP
The Distributed Electrical Aerospace Propulsion project looks
toward a future optimized integrated propulsion system that will
allow cleaner, quieter, and more efficient performance to be
incorporated into a radically innovative airframe that will feature
enclosed electrically powered fans.
Managing the deluge of data
The model-based development (MBD) process has been a key enabler of
technical advancement in the transportation industry; however, the
MBD process leads to the generation of large volumes of data
artifacts and work products. To maintain efficiency while
continuously improving the quality of products, it is necessary to
be able to manage this data in an efficient manner.
Thermal simulation and testing of expanded metal foils
for lightning protection
With the implementation of major aircraft structures fabricated
from carbon fiber reinforced plastic materials, lightning
protection has become a more complicated issue for designers and
engineers to solve.
Electronics take charge
Digital controls are handling more engine control tasks on a wider
range of aircraft.
Simulation supports aircraft safety
From analyzing crashes to hard landings, the industry is evolving
in how much it relies on CAE simulation to provide safer aircraft
designs. As aircraft systems become more complex, simulation itself
is evolving as well.
High hopes or just dreaming?
A look at how Asia's aircraft manufacturers are trying to break
into new markets to challenge the status quo.
Camelina-based biofuel shows advantages in
Researchers within the government of Canada see the need to improve
the emissions performance of the Rolls-Royce T56 engine, which
despite its age remains a workhorse for its military aircraft
The French resurgence
Despite facing great domestic political challenges, resulting from
the growing national debt level and a general financial malaise in
the Euro-zone countries within the EU, successive French
governments have remained highly supportive of their aerospace
Filling the space
A look at the changing face of manned spaceflight and the
commercialization of orbital access.
Distribution of power
When designing the electrical distribution system for a
turboelectric architecture, it is imperative to select technologies
that will provide the highest efficiency and stability for the
Simulation helps manage change in aircraft
Commercial aircraft demand is up even while sequestration and other
forces are forcing scale-backs in defense-related programs. From
managing complex supply chains to improving scrap rates in casting,
digital simulation is proving a valuable aid.
PEFCs to transform UAVs
Advancements in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells have
resulted in longer endurance missions for smaller UAVs as well as
an enabler for electric aircraft that require vertical takeoff and
Hovering aircraft programs
The AW609 tiltrotor and the X3 compound helicopter offer different
technology solutions to the challenge of achieving higher speeds
and higher quality point-to-point air transport.
Big fans gear up for new battles
The big difference in newer commercial airplanes comes where it
can't be seen: in the structure, in new materials, in the
avionics, and most importantly, in the engines.
Integrated Vehicle Health Management
The aims of IVHM include improved safety through the use of
diagnostics and prognostics to fix faults before they are an issue,
as well as improve availability of fleets through better
Advanced aluminum solutions for next-gen aerospace
Airline competitiveness and the demand for improved aircraft
performance and affordability (acquisition and operational) are
driving advancements in technologies that can enable these
Airbus provides a far-ranging, thought-provoking, reach-out toward
some of the changes the commercial aerospace industry might expect
to see by 2050.
Head units connect
Any delay in terms of schedule or not meeting the specifications or
budget can have a huge impact on the viability of a program as well
as the companies involved. New software demonstrates companies can
actually deliver on what they commit.
A paradigm shift in offline programming of
CAD-based offline programming has the potential to take into
account design changes to a certain extent, avoiding time-consuming
and thus expensive reprogramming after an engineering design