IAI will Develop Probabilistic Aerodynamic Databases as an Alternative to Expensive Aerodynamic Testing

The design of new aircraft involves understanding the flow physics around different configurations, as well as understanding and control characteristics over the entire flight envelope. IAI will develop probabilistic aerodynamic databases as an alternative to expensive wind tunnel and flight tests for understanding aerodynamic characteristics. Though simulations are useful for understanding aerodynamics of airframes early in the design process, high-fidelity simulations can quickly get expensive. IAI’s Probabilistic Formulation of Multi-fidelity Aerodynamic Databases (ProForMA) tool will not only provide confidence on the fit, but will also characterize the sources of uncertainty. Adaptive design of experiments will also be performed for maximum efficiency in database creation. ProForMA will address a critical need in NASA’s repository of tools and techniques for developing unconventional aircraft, and will fill a critical gap in design optimization and certification tools used by NASA. Several Test and Evaluation (T&E) efforts at NASA have to bear exorbitant costs for fully testing new concepts. ProForMA will contribute to the state-ofthe-art in T&E by taking advantage of advances in high performance computing (HPC) to alleviate costs. Benefits of this tool can be leveraged by all NASA programs concerned with unconventional aircraft, such as the Advanced Air Vehicles Program (AAVP), the Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program (TACP), the Multi-Utility Technology Testbed (MUTT) and the Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment (ASE). Other government agencies that are interested in unconventional aircraft, like the Air Force, may use this tool for programs like N-MAS and AAW or to reduce costs of T&E. ProForMA can also be used by the Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program. There is also huge potential for ProForMA in understanding stability and control characteristics of new commercial aircraft.

For more information on IAI’s ProForMA Tool solution or to find out how IAI can develop a custom Multi-fidelity Aerodynamic Databases solution for you, contact us at contact@i-a-i.com.