Concept and Objectives:
The IMG4 project CRESCENDO addresses the Vision 2020 objectives for the aeronautical industry by contributing significantly to the fulfilment of three specific targets of the aeronautical industry’s Strategic Research Agenda. CRESCENDO will develop the foundations for the Behavioural Digital Aircraft (BDA), taking experience and results from VIVACE, and integrating these into a federative system and building the BDA on top of them. Main components of the BDA are: the Model Store, the Simulation Factory, the Quality Laboratory, and the Enterprise Collaboration Capabilities. It will be validated through use cases and test cases concerning “Power Plant Integration”, “Energy Aircraft”, “Thermal Aircraft” and “Value Generation” design problems and viewpoints during the preliminary design, detailed design, and test and certification phases of a generic aircraft product life-cycle. The BDA will become the new backbone for the simulation world, just as the Digital Mock-up (DMU) is today for the Product Life-cycle Management (PLM) world. This is considered a challenging area for research and innovation for the next decade. Hence, the CRESCENDO results will provide the aeronautics supply chain with the means to realistically manage and mature the virtual product in the extended/virtual enterprise with all of the requested functionality and components in each phase of the product engineering life cycle. CRESCENDO will make its approach available to the aeronautics supply chain via existing networks, information dissemination, training and technology transfer actions. The project is organised into six subprojects: four technical and business-oriented subprojects, one “Enabling Capabilities” subproject which will deliver the BDA and a sixth subproject, responsible for consortium management and innovation issues. CRESCENDO brings together 59 partners from industry, research institutes, universities and technology providers.
CRESCENDO Results in brief:
Streamlining from drawing board to take-off
The aviation industry is under pressure to deliver tomorrow’s technology today. An EU-funded project is developing a model to streamline every part of the production process. The European aviation sector is facing greater challenges than ever before under the pressure of global competition as well as industrial, environmental, financial and consumer demands. In order to remain competitive and meet demands, the ‘Collaborative and robust engineering using simulation capability enabling next design optimisation’ (CRESCENDO) project has been initiated. The EU-funded project aims to ensure product maturity at all levels by improving the management and evolution of the aircraft behavioural dataset from concept to certification. CRESCENDO is pursuing a step change in the way that modelling and simulation (M&S) activities are carried out. The objective is to have multidisciplinary teams working collaboratively so as to develop new aeronautical products in a more cost- and time-efficient manner. CRESCENDO aims to halve the time new products take to get to market and increase integration of the supply chain into the network. It also intends to reduce travel charges through substantial cuts in operating costs.
CRESCENDO began by establishing the system engineering database (CSEDb) to compile templates of test cases and behavioural digital aircraft (BDA) capabilities. From the compiled information, an overall framework was established for designing the BDA architecture. Functional analyses were then completed for the model store, simulation factory, quality lab as well as enterprise collaboration-enabling capabilities. These are being used to refine operations at each stage of development. The final objective is the creation of a complete range of models and simulations. These representations will detail the behavioural, functional and operational aspects of the whole aircraft and constituent sub-systems and components. The BDA end product will therefore be the new backbone for the simulation world. The project team plans to deliver a multi-partner, multi-level, multidiscipline, multi-quality behavioural digital representation of the evolving aircraft and all its constituent systems and sub-systems. A single, but federated BDA dataset would typically exist for a given major aircraft development programme.