Towards a New Paradigm: Virtual Testing & Operation in Aviation

Introduction of virtual testing and operation techniques in aviation that are taking advantage of recent computer and simulation technology.

The digital world has changed how we design and operate systems. A modern aircraft is a complex system with different materials, propulsion, actuators, energy distribution, electronics, and sensors. During the design process nowadays, a lot of simulation tools are used and the whole aircraft becomes a digital database. Any physical mock-up is no longer necessary, and the trend goes even further with virtual testing for development and certification.

Nevertheless, as the complex interfaces of different systems have become not only physical but also data-driven, operators like airlines may face a number of challenges. Indeed, the introduction of new aircrafts with advanced technologies and composite materials, geared turbofans, and more electrical systems can influence the reliability of the system and cause delays in deliveries and operation.

In the sixth edition of the Connected Series, Prof. Dr. Michel Guillaume, Head of Center for Aviation, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, will talk about virtual design and operation of systems like aircrafts, which can improve the reliability during the aircrafts’ life cycle and predict potential failures. He will explain why feeding in sensor data from operation is needed to continuously improve the virtual operation. The ultimate goal is to achieve efficient maintenance and high reliability and ensure safe operation of aircrafts over the lifetime.

Subsequently, Dr. Xu Han, Post-doc Researcher at Beihang University, will introduce to us intelligent design and virtual testing techniques for actuation equipment, an elementary constitute of machinery and vehicles. Under the intelligent design scheme, the digital multi-domain coupling models are built to simulate comprehensive performance of actuation equipment. Regarding virtual testing, a co-simulation environment is developed to evaluate the final design solution, which can decrease the demand for full prototype testing and hereby decrease the cost and time needed for development. The intelligent design and virtual testing techniques that Dr. Xu Han will discuss in this webinar are examples that are taking advantage of recent computer and simulation technology which has enabled significant progress in the field of actuation.

Event Rundown

16:00-16:05              Introduction

(Libing Gu – Head of Academic Relations, Swissnex in China)


16:05-16:25               Virtual Design and Operation for Optimization of the Life Cycle

(Prof. Dr. Michel Guillaume – Head of Center for Aviation, Zurich University of Applied Sciences)


16:25-16:45               Intelligent Design and Virtual Testing for Actuation Equipment

(Dr. Xu Han – Post-doc Researcher, Beihang University)


16:45-17:00               Q&A


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Connected Series

The Connected Series is a new format at Swissnex in China putting a spotlight on the best Sino-Swiss collaboration projects and research efforts. It highlights how teams from both countries can best work together to create synergies and get their projects off the ground.