- Engineering Workflow Automation
- Design Space Exploration
The Optimus-enabled blade optimization process has proven to provide a sound methodology, holding the potential to identify solutions that increase performance by 10% or more.
CIRA, the Italian Aerospace Research Center, uses Optimus to explore innovative tiltrotor aerodynamic design concepts. Tiltrotor aircraft hold the potential to combine the vertical lift capability of a helicopter with the speed and range of a fixed-wing aircraft. Blade morphing techniques have been investigated in order to successfully reconcile the need for sufficient hovering power with increased cruise speed requirements.
Optimus was used for its capabilities to easily integrate in-house aerodynamics simulation software into an automated and repeatable simulation process. From the insights acquired through design space exploration and multiobjective optimization, a number of interesting blade morphing concepts have emerged. With most concepts progressed to prototype status, the Optimus-enabled approach delivered the basis for more detailed follow-on research.
As aerodynamics optimization workflows require easy access to many modeling and simulation tools, multiobjective optimization is much broader in scope than the application of algorithms.