Airbus Aerodynamic Framework: AeroCity
Author: Thierry Chevalier, Head of Airbus Aerodynamics Methods & Tools, Airbus
Increasing capabilities of computational fluid dynamics boosted the use of numerical simulation in aeronautical industry, for quantitative prediction of aircraft performance and not only for qualitative or tendency estimation. Aerodynamic numerical simulation is however more & more relying on high performance computing and networking, with processes that are still young and changing, both characteristics defeating usage of usual engineering frameworks and product data management systems.
A dedicated solution was therefore glued together from existing commercial building blocks, to harness and master these new capabilities and deliver an efficient industrial capability for Airbus aerodynamics domain. Specifically high benefits can be observed in terms of ease of integrating new tools or applications, as well as knowledge capture and trace-ability of the work performed.