Accelerating Aerospace Electrification
eVTOL - Electric Vertical Take-Off & Landing
The drive for greater connectivity and lower emissions has disrupted the aerospace industry as it stands today. Environmental concerns are fueling vehicle electrification; switching from jet fuel to electricity is a vital solution for reducing emissions to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) promises a new era for urban air mobility and regional transportation.
To develop your optimal electrified aircraft, Hexagon provides not only the technologies in terms of software and tools to do so, but also the vast engineering expertise for designing world-class aircraft. We’re proud of our 50+ year involvement and playing an integral role in the evolution of the aerospace industry. We were fundamental in supporting the development of the original space program, the first jet aircraft, multiple generations of civil and military aircraft from concept to certification, and we are now excited and prepared to help the next generation of eVTOL aircraft safely take to the skies in cities all around the world.
Current rotorcraft are too heavy for eVTOL operations. Meeting industry requirements will require development of advanced materials and use of optimization technologies. Engineers can leverage simulation to design their composite wings and fuselage, optimize geometry, predict structural loads, and light-weighting the design without compromising the structural integrity or performance of the product.
Accurate prediction of rotorcraft aeroelastic, flutter, and aeromechanical stability is essential for the successful design of all types of rotorcraft. Rotors, ducted fans, size and location – all are critical to determine the design and overall performance of the aircraft. Having a robust computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solution – and having it work seamlessly with the Aerospace industry-leading structural simulation code (MSC Nastran) is critical to certification and a robust structural design.
eVTOL means flying in populated areas at all hours of the day and night. Noise pollution is a community concern and reducing the acoustic signature of eVTOL vehicles is a key consideration in achieving widespread acceptance. Our industry-leading acoustic simulation software can predict and optimize the acoustic signature both inside and outside of the aircraft.
Hybrid vehicles pose logistical problems that present barriers for acceptance (fuel storage, noise, emissions). Battery-powered vehicles must be capable of rapid recharge, especially during high-demand periods. Hexagon offers the comprehensive solutions for you to develop the world-leading electric aircraft propulsion systems.
Integrating a robust fly-by-wire system and enhanced AI with novel aircraft configurations is a critical element in reducing pilot workload and eventually, moving to fully autonomous vehicles. Engineers can leverage multibody dynamics & linear controls simulation to design and optimize their tiltrotor aircraft and have confidence in the answers coming from the software that helped design the leading aircraft flying our skies today.
eVTOL aircraft will be put through rigorous loading cycles. Rapid turn-around means no time for detailed inspections or maintenance during operational windows. Vehicles must be capable of sustained operations over extended periods, and engineers must be able to predict which parts will fail first, and how – which allows detailed maintenance schedules to be created. Fatigue & Durability lifecycle simulation is your key to a long-life aircraft.
Almost every new Boeing product that I can think of has been impacted positively by the products of MSC – and the reason is due to the strong partnership between the Boeing engineering team and the MSC engineering team.”
John Tracy, Chief Technology Officer, The Boeing Company
Airbus has confirmed the accuracy of Actran predictions by comparing them with engine static testing results. Actran is the only simulation tool able to accurately model the main physical phenomena for engine nacelle radiation.”
Jean-Yves Suratteau, Head of Numerical Methods, Acoustics & Environment Dept., Airbus
TLG is proud to use MSC Nastran to drive their industry-leading capability in aircraft design, analysis and certification for loads, dynamics, and flutter.”
Robert Lind, TLG Aerospace
The engineers at NASA were not able to test most of the critical mission events on Earth so they had to rely upon MSC Software simulation technology to design most of the hardware and control sequences for this mission. There was only one chance to get it right.”
Dr. Chia-Yen Peng, Principal & Lead Engineer for the Loads and Dynamic Simulation team at NASA JPL
The correlation between test and analysis was close enough to enable the successful design of rotors for bird strike.”
Michael Urban, Manager of Structural Methods, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
There are no other codes in the world that can do this combination of analysis.”
Dr. Charles Lawrence, Structures & Acoustics Division, NASA Glenn Research Center
MSC Software is used for:
- Structural Layout Validation (GFEM, Pre-CAD)
- Flight Dynamics Assessment
- Exterior Rotor noise propagation analysis and mitigation
- Additive Manufacturing (composite & metal)
- Architecture and Topology Optimisation
- Interior Acoustic Noise Transmission Analysis and Mitigation
- Material Lifecycle Management
- Thermal Management Analysis and System Design
- Motor and Gear Vibration and Noise Analysis
- Tiltrotor, Wingflap and Landing gear mechanism design
- System-Level Efficiency Analysis
- Fuselage Aerodynamic Design
- Control System Design
- Durability Cycle Simulation
- Aeroelastic Flutter Analysis
- Generative Design & Manufacturing Simulation
- Fatigue Lifecycle Simulation
- Rotordynamics Analysis
MSC Engineering Services can offer:
- Testing, Validation and Certification Support
- Advanced Simulation and Analysis Projects
- Knowledge Transfer
- Turnkey Powertrain Solution Design & Development
- Problem and Failure Investigation
- Process Development
- Benchmarking Analysis
- Actuation System Design
- Procurement and Supply Chain Support
- Functional Safety Auditing
- Lubrication System Design
- Business Case Development
- Control and Instrumentation System Design
- Reverse Engineering
Target zero carbon footprint from concept
Design for smart manufacturing and sustainability
Understand materials, technologies and their impact
Optimise product quality and performance
Design for Certification before Test