Design, production and testing: DLR digitizes the development of aircraft components
Source: press release
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Careful tests on test benches can thus be saved, which significantly accelerates development. In a follow-up project, the researchers now want to create a digital twin for aircraft components.
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) has successfully completed a project for digital development of control surfaces for future flight wings. According to a statement, the researchers have for the first time simulated a sequential digital chain of development steps to a wing flap on the computer. For the virtual development of aircraft leading up to certification, this is an important step in speeding up design processes and making them more sustainable.
By simulating the production and testing of industrial wing and flap concepts, they can be developed more efficiently. Difficulties or problems can thus be noticed and corrected at an early stage. This also replaces part of the physical testing of the developed components. During development, fewer tests are required on complex test benches. “Not only does this save us a lot of time and money for testing and approval, the digital end-to-end chain also makes it possible to significantly reduce the overall development time for innovative aircraft components,” says Kristof Risse, head of Virtual. Product house (VPH) at DLR.
Hydrogen tank for aircraft
According to DLR, the intelligent wings examined in the project can adapt to different conditions during takeoff and landing as well as during cruising. This allows for lighter wings, saving fuel. In addition to this part of the aircraft, the researchers have already set up an initial process chain for digital development of a hydrogen tank for aircraft.
This application must now be further developed in a follow-up project. According to DLR, the goal is a digital twin for aircraft components.