eVTOL – From Conceptual to Detailed Structural Design Development

The development of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircrafts has been gaining momentum in recent years as a potential solution for urban air mobility. However, the design and development of such aircrafts is a complex process that requires a thorough understanding of aerodynamics, structures, and systems. In this blog post, we will discuss how SIMULIA can be used to facilitate the transition from conceptual to detailed structural design development for eVTOL aircrafts.

Phase One – eVTOL Conceptual Design

The first phase in the design of any aircraft is the conceptual design phase. During this phase, the basic configuration of the aircraft is established, including its size, shape, and intended performance. This phase is critical because it sets the foundation for all subsequent design work.

SIMULIA can be used in the conceptual design phase to evaluate the aerodynamic performance of the aircraft using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations. CFD simulations can be used to predict the lift and drag forces acting on the aircraft, as well as the flow patterns around the aircraft. This information can be used to optimize the shape of the aircraft and improve its performance.

Phase Two – Structural Design Development

Once the conceptual design phase is complete, the focus shifts to the structural design development phase. During this phase, the detailed design of the aircraft is developed, including the selection of materials and the sizing of structural components. This phase is critical because it ensures that the aircraft can withstand the loads and stresses that it will encounter during flight.

SIMULIA can be used in the structural design development phase to evaluate the structural integrity of the aircraft using finite element analysis (FEA) simulations. FEA simulations can be used to predict the stresses and strains in the aircraft structure under various loading conditions. This information can be used to optimize the design of the structural components and ensure that they meet the required strength and stiffness requirements.

One of the key challenges in the design of eVTOL aircrafts is the need to balance the weight of the aircraft with the power requirements of the electric propulsion system. SIMULIA can be used to evaluate the weight and balance of the aircraft using multi-disciplinary optimization (MDO) simulations. MDO simulations can be used to optimize the weight of the aircraft while ensuring that it meets the required performance specifications.

Phase Three – Detailed Design

The final phase in the design of the eVTOL aircraft is the detailed design phase. During this phase, the design is finalized and detailed manufacturing drawings are created. This phase is critical because it ensures that the aircraft can be manufactured to the required specifications.

SIMULIA can be used in the detailed design phase to evaluate the manufacturability of the aircraft using computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) simulations. CAM simulations can be used to generate tool paths and optimize the manufacturing process to ensure that the aircraft can be manufactured efficiently and to the required tolerances.

The design and development of eVTOL aircrafts is a complex process that requires a thorough understanding of aerodynamics, structures, and systems. SIMULIA can be used to facilitate the transition from conceptual to detailed structural design development for eVTOL aircrafts. By using CFD simulations in the conceptual design phase, FEA simulations in the structural design development phase, MDO simulations to optimize weight and balance, and CAM simulations in the detailed design phase, engineers can ensure that the eVTOL aircraft is optimized for performance, strength, manufacturability, and safety.

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