Engineering Task
Preliminary Aircraft & Systems Design

Preliminary product design, first time right

Up to 80% of the total life-cycle cost of highly engineered products are decided in the early design stages, so getting it right from the beginning is vital to the overall development success, leading to better, more innovative products.

PACE software solutions for preliminary design mitigate technological risks, support investment decisions and reduce time to market. They relieve design experts from non-value adding activities giving them the freedom to explore a wider range of alternative concepts, also off the beaten track. Sharing a unique set of features for product modeling, sizing, analysis and optimization, they support a diverse array of engineering challenges and user groups, ranging from OEMs and first-tier suppliers to research organizations and academic institutions.

Pacelab APD on tablet screen

Preliminary aircraft design

With a heavy increase in air traffic expected for the next few decades, aircraft and engine manufacturers are looking to give their products a substantial revamp. In the race for innovation, preliminary design and optimization capabilities play a critical role paving the way for new and emerging technologies such as electric or hybrid-electric propulsion systems.

Our preliminary aircraft design platform Pacelab APD allows evaluating alternative aircraft configurations in terms of performance, economics and technical risk and helps assess the impact of technological innovations early in the design process.

Your benefits

  • Save time to evaluate a wider range of design alternatives with fast, easy setup of aircraft configurations
  • Reliably predict key aircraft characteristics based on an extensible set of analysis methods
  • Identify optimal configurations among design candidates through multidisciplinary optimization & trade-offs
  • Capitalize on corporate IP and IT investments by integrating proprietary methods & commercial analysis tools
  • Promote creative cooperation and cross-pollination across various disciplines
  • Future-proof your design process with a fully extensible, scalable software solution

Systems architecture design

Aircraft systems are key drivers of innovation in aircraft design and heavily influence overall mass, fuel consumption, operating costs and reliability.

Our systems architecture design software Pacelab SysArc supports investigations at the aircraft level, which minimizes the risk of design inconsistencies or unforeseen behavior in the integration phase. Delivering instant feedback on the global impact, costs and benefits of architectural alternatives, Pacelab SysArc provides a reliable framework for assessing new technologies and making investment or development decisions.

Your benefits

  • Optimize system architectures globally in a fully fledged aircraft design environment
  • Increase productivity with pre-built system component libraries and auto-routing/-sizing of cables, pipes or ducts
  • Get a 360° view of system architectures in the three-dimensional geometry of the aircraft
  • Identify the critical sizing conditions with flight condition and failure mode analysis
  • Monitor impact on aircraft mass, CG and mission performance
Pacelab SysArc application window on laptop screen
Pacelab Suite on tablet screen

Other industries and engineering domains

State-of-the-art preliminary design software offers benefits for all industries dealing with complex highly engineered products.

Our generic design platform Pacelab Suite provides a comprehensive set of predefined capabilities for multidisciplinary product development, which can be easily extended with domain- or research-specific functionality to support individual use cases. Its modular architecture ensures that customized implementations do not come at the expense of upgradeability.

Cases in point are our Pacelab Suite-based products for preliminary aircraft design and systems architecture design.

Your benefits

  • Leverage the power of a robust industry-proven design platform for product modeling, sizing and optimization
  • Benefit from a time-efficient, generative approach which enables a wider exploration of the design space
  • Customize analysis scope and fidelity by integrating domain-specific methods and optimization algorithms
  • Boost team productivity with intuitive, task-specific menus, dialogs and views
  • Adapt your analysis environment to the engineering task at hand by interfacing with virtually any software
  • Profit from technological and methodological innovations through regular platform updates