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Modelling and Simulation for the Automation of Aerial Refueling of Military Transport Aircraft with the Probe-and-Drogue System

Fezans, Nicolas and Jann, Thomas (2017) Modelling and Simulation for the Automation of Aerial Refueling of Military Transport Aircraft with the Probe-and-Drogue System. AIAA Aviation 2017, 5.-9. Jun. 2017, Denver, CO, USA. DOI: 10.2514/6.2017-4008

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Abstract

This paper presents the modeling and simulation activities currently conducted at DLR to support aerial refueling automation research activities. During the air-to-air refueling maneuver the tanker and receiver aircraft need to fly very close to each other, which induces a very significant aerodynamic interaction between them. Both aircraft also influence the motion of the probe-and-drogue, which needs to be modeled as well. The paper gives an overview of the developed model and simulation infrastructure, their main functionalities, and of the work needed to produce the data supporting this modeling. Unlike in many other work with similar modeling needs, RANS CFD computations were preferred to more simple techniques for the modeling of the aerodynamic interaction between tanker, receiver, hose, and drogue. The real time capable dynamic model is based on two complete aircraft dynamic model. A complete set of simulation programs (including all the complexity of modern airliner flight control systems) is used in connection with each of the aircraft. The coupled simulation programs are deployed in the DLR AVES simulator. For this, many modifications in the AVES core programs and their configurations were needed to extend it from to enable the simulation of a formation of two aircraft: some of these modifications are mentioned throughout the text from a functional point of view but without diving too much into the AVES-specific implementation details.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/117586/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Modelling and Simulation for the Automation of Aerial Refueling of Military Transport Aircraft with the Probe-and-Drogue System
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Fezans, Nicolasnicolas.fezans (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4351-3474
Jann, ThomasThomas.Jann (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:June 2017
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
DOI :10.2514/6.2017-4008
Status:Published
Keywords:AAR, Aerial Refueling, FMTA, A400M, Aerodynamic Interaction, Wake
Event Title:AIAA Aviation 2017
Event Location:Denver, CO, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:5.-9. Jun. 2017
Organizer:AIAA
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:fixed-wing aircraft
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AR - Aircraft Research
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Flight Physics, L - Military Technologies, L - Simulation and Validation
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Flight Systems
Institute for Aerodynamics and Flow Technology
Deposited By: Fezans, Nicolas
Deposited On:03 Jan 2018 10:48
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:14

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