EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space), and its business units and aerospace partners are actively engaged in the development of “greener, cleaner” commercial aircraft. The goals defined by ACARE - to cut aircraft fuel consumption 50%, CO2 emissions 50%, and NOx emissions 80% - can be met if aircrafts become lighter, more fuel efficient and are able to fly for longer distances. One strategy to achieve these goals is to replace metal components with innovative composite structures.
EADS needed to produce “greener and cleaner” aircraft by incorporating complex composite structures in its designs.
EADS chose SIMULIA’s Abaqus FEA and its powerful composite analysis capabilities to obtain an accurate analysis of the LIR, the wing flap support structure of aircraft.
Producing an accurate analysis of the design with Abaqus FEA enabled EADS to simplify the LIR’s geometry resulting in reduced manufacturing costs.