Use of Flight Simulation in Early Design: Formulation and Application of the Virtual Testing and Evaluation Method
Mavris, Dimitri N.
Burdun, Ivan Y.
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In current design practices, safety, operational and han-dling criteria are often overlooked until late design stages due to the difficulty in capturing such criteria early enough in the design cycle and in the presence of limited and un-certain knowledge. Virtual (flight) testing and evaluation, based on autonomous modeling and simulation, is pro-posed as a solution to this shortcoming. The methodol-ogy enables one to evaluate vehicle behavior in relatively complex situations through a series of specific flight sce-narios. Bringing this methodology to conceptual design requires the creation of an automatic link between the de-sign database and the autonomous flight simulation envi-ronment. This paper describes the creation of such a link and an implementation of the Virtual Testing and Evalu-ation methodology with the use of an advanced design concept.