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Simulations for safety

  • Magazine Feature Article
  • 14AERD07_01
Published July 09, 2014 by SAE International in United States
  • English

Improved design tools let aircraft developers ensure that systems, software, and mechanical elements all work together.

The impact of digital controls grows with every new generation of aircraft, making the integrity of electronic devices and systems an increasingly critical factor in improving aircraft safety. Design tool suppliers are helping design teams meet demanding safety requirements by making it easier to spot potential problems earlier in the design phase when it's easier to change them.

Modeling and simulation have become important tools in the race to get sophisticated aircraft to market quickly while meeting safety requirements and other regulations. These tools are handling more functions, helping design teams mesh mechanical, electronic, and software components while also ensuring that standards and guidelines are met. Updated tools are also letting developers handle larger simulations.