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PANDORA - A python based framework for modelling and structural sizing of transport aircraft

Petsch, Michael and Kohlgrüber, Dieter and Heubischl, Jörg (2018) PANDORA - A python based framework for modelling and structural sizing of transport aircraft. In: MATEC Web of Conferences, 223 (00013), pp. 1-8. MATEC Web of Conferences. 8th EASN-CEAS International Workshop, 4.-7. Sept. 2018, Glasgow, Schottland. doi: 10.1051/matecconf/201823300013.

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Over the last years a multidisciplinary aircraft predesign process chain was established at the DLR, including different numerical tools for the modelling and structural sizing of fuselage structures. To improve the flexibility and performance of this structural analysis part in the MDO process a new tool development has been started in 2016 called "Parametric Numerical Design and Optimization Routines for Aircraft" (PANDORA). The PANDORA framework is using the interpreted high-level programming language Python and is focused on using dedicated open-source packages. Within PANDORA a lot of new packages have been implemented, like a new interface to access CPACS data, a python based FE pre- and postprocessor, a FE data converter to build an interface between PANDORA and different FE solver and a visualization interface using "The Visualization Toolkit" (VTK). Some further packages to generate a FE model based on a CPACS file using the geometry core "Open Cascade" (OCC) and a new FE sizing algorithm is also under development. To simplify the usage of PANDORA and to keep it comprehensible - a graphical user interface (GUI) has been added using the PYQT toolkit. In this paper the current state of the PANDORA development is presented and initial applications are shown.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/124181/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:PANDORA - A python based framework for modelling and structural sizing of transport aircraft
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Petsch, MichaelUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-2743-375X
Kohlgrüber, DieterUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-6626-0927
Date:21 November 2018
Journal or Publication Title:MATEC Web of Conferences
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 1-8
Publisher:MATEC Web of Conferences
Series Name:8th EASN – CEAS International Workshop Proceeding
Keywords:CPACS aircraft predesign structrue sizing automatization python FEM ANSYS NASTRAN MDO multidisciplinary design optimization PANDORA VICTORIA pyqt occ
Event Title:8th EASN-CEAS International Workshop
Event Location:Glasgow, Schottland
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:4.-7. Sept. 2018
Organizer:European Aeronautics Science Network (EASN)
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 - VicToria (old)
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Structures and Design > Structural Integrity
Deposited By: Petsch, M.Sc. Michael
Deposited On:13 Dec 2018 11:42
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:21

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