It is the proclaimed aim of the project, to develop processes, methods and numerical models to a level enabling the highly accurate simulation of an aeroplane throughout the whole flight envelope. The funding of the project C²A²S²E (Center for Computer Applications in AeroSpace Science and Engineering) comes in equal parts from Airbus, the local government of Niedersachsen as well as the DLR.
More information about the project can be obtained from the page of the C²A²S²E department of Institute of Aerodynamic and Flow technology.
DLR Simulation and Software Technology tasks
DLR Simulation and Software Technology is involved in the C²A²S²E project by supporting the development of the FlowSimulator. The FlowSimulator framework builds the software backbone for future European applications in computational fluid dynamics. Project coordination and promotion is done by Airbus with support from different European companies and research institutes. (Partners are Aircraft Research Association Ltd. (ARA), CERFACS, DLR, ONERA, BAE Systems Advanced Technology Centre, EADS Military Air Systems, QinetiQ and SOGETi.)
Primary aim for the FlowSimulator is to provide simulation services for massive-parallel CFD applications as well as easy integration and interoperability of numeric tools that originate from different domains. Therefore, common interfaces for multidisciplinary simulation and optimisation processes are designed and implemented. This allows to exchange data between different numerical tools from different vendors and domains (such as non-linear optimisation codes, aeroelasticity, aeroacoustics, icing etc.) allowing to easily combine them in one workflow. The software design of the FlowSimulator is completely object-oriented and based on a versatile base library. The core is made up by some fully-parallelized general purpose data structures (e.g. arrays) which allow easy development of applications running on cluster computers efficiently. Based on those structures there are a number of special modules enabling easy access and exchange of CFD-specific data within multi-disciplinary process chains.