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Integration aspects of the collaborative aero‑structural design of an unmanned aerial vehicle

Walther, Jan-Niclas and Gastaldi, Alessandro-Augusto and Maierl, Reinhold and Jungo, Aidan and Zhang, Mengmeng (2019) Integration aspects of the collaborative aero‑structural design of an unmanned aerial vehicle. CEAS Aeronautical Journal, pp. 1-11. Springer. doi: 10.1007/s13272-019-00412-2. ISSN 1869-5590.

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Overall aircraft design is a complex multidisciplinary process, which requires knowledge from many different fields such as structures, aerodynamics, systems and propulsion. For unconventional configurations lacking an empirical knowledge base, higher fidelity physics-based methods are required to reliably estimate the feasibility of a given new design concept. Analysis tools and results are provided by highly specialized groups of experts, possibly from different organizations. In the AGILE (aircraft 3rd generation MDO for innovative collaboration of heterogeneous teams of experts) project, new approaches to setting up cross-organizational collaborative aircraft design optimization workflows have been investigated, including the employment of common parametric aircraft configuration schema as a central common data schema and the provision of disciplinary analysis competences as callable services. Following this paradigm, the present paper details a distributed workflow to perform an aero-structural design optimization of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) design. Taking advantage of disciplinary capabilities provided by several partners based in various locations across Europe, an integrated design workflow including a distributed and tightly coupled aero-structural analysis loop has been assembled using the process integration and design optimization system remote component environment developed at the German Aerospace Center. To enable the necessary load and displacement transfer between non-matching disciplinary meshes, a versatile and lightweight algorithm using radial basis functions has furthermore been implemented. The functionality of the workflow is demonstrated by performing the optimization on the baseline configuration of the UAV.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/129061/
Document Type:Article
Title:Integration aspects of the collaborative aero‑structural design of an unmanned aerial vehicle
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Walther, Jan-NiclasUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5738-658XUNSPECIFIED
Gastaldi, Alessandro-AugustoAirbus Defence and SpaceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Maierl, ReinholdAirbus Defence and SpaceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:30 August 2019
Journal or Publication Title:CEAS Aeronautical Journal
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 1-11
Keywords:Multidisciplinary optimization, Fluid–structure interaction, Structural optimization, Preliminary aircraft design, Collaborative design, CPACS, AGILE project
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 - Concepts and Integration (old)
Location: Hamburg
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of System Architectures in Aeronautics > Aircraft Design and System Integration
Deposited By: Walther, Jan-Niclas
Deposited On:13 Sep 2019 08:39
Last Modified:21 Nov 2023 14:26

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