3-D manufacturing of titanium components takes
MRO providers are discovering ways to innovate their procedures
while remaining viable and profitable through the current downturn
in government spending.
Commercial programs are flying high
With economic regeneration underway this year, the rate of ordering
new aircraft has been at an all-time high, with the result that
backlogs for undelivered new production stretch well into the next
decade for some popular models.
Europe's aerospace industry looking
Apart from Airbus's highly visible presence in defense and
commercial aircraft, Europe also has successful capabilities in
helicopters, business jets, and aero engines, and in all these
areas their global market share is growing.
Comparing blade-element momentum modeling to 3-D
Many small unmanned aerial vehicles (SUAVs) are driven by small
scale, fixed blade propellers, and the flow produced by the
propeller can have a significant impact on the aerodynamics of the
Rapid prototyping has the potential to play a beneficial role in
unconventional autonomous airship design. By reducing model cost,
build time, difficulty of construction, and maintaining acceptable
surface quality and finish, designers have greater ability to
analyze several configurations of airships and to change the
geometry to increase stability, reduce drag, or fulfill mission
Simulating lightweight vehicles operating on discrete
Researchers characterize the mobility of autonomous reconnaissance
vehicles on terrain considered to be deformable, and represented as
a collection of bodies of spherical shape.
Toward smarter manufacturing and
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
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