Airbus selects Altair SimSolid for its sustainable aircraft initiative

Feb. 3, 2023
SimSolid's technology performs structural analyses on fully-featured CAD assemblies within minutes.

TROY, Mich., - Airbus' commercial aircraft division Toulouse, France, needed a simulation program to perform structural analyses on fully-featured computer aided drafting (CAD) assemblies for its zero-emission hydrogen combustion demonstrator. They found their solution from Altair in Troy, Mich.

Altair's SimSolid simulation technology enables engineers to eliminate geomtetry preparation and meshing when running structural simulations.

Altair says its SimSolid technology supports all typical connections like bolt/nut, bonded, welds, rivets, and more, plus analysis of linear static, modal, thermal properties, along with more complex coupled, nonlinear, transient dynamic effects. Providing the simulation power to help quicker engineering decisions, it aids development of quality products faster to beat competitors to market.

Airbus will use SimSolid to develop its ZEROe hydrogen demonstrator built on the A380 platform outfitted with four liquid hydrogen tanks.

The ZEROe project aims to create the world's first hydrogen propulsion-powered commercial airline fleet and enables Airbus to explore a variety of configurations and hydrogen technologies that will shape the development of future zero-emission aircraft. Airbus is working towards a mature technology readiness level for a hydrogen-combustion propulsion system by 2025.

"Altair SimSolid is the premier simulation technology for engineers, designers, analysts, and manufacturers. It eliminates geometry preparation and meshing, which are the two most time-consuming, expertise-extensive, and error-prone tasks in conventional structural simulations," said Sam Mahalingam, chief technology officer, Altair. "Airbus choosing Altair SimSolid further solidifies Altair as a leader in worldwide sustainability initiatives and continues the two companies' long and fruitful history of successful collaboration."

"By using Altair SimSolid, our teams can explore more design possibilities in a simple, easy-to-implement environment," said Christophe Brand, head of airframe methods and tools, Airbus Commercial. "By not requiring our teams to clean geometries beforehand, Altair SimSolid helps us significantly reduce delivery times and build better products. With it, we look forward to building the future of zero-emission aircraft technology."

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