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Value Improvement through a Virtual Aeronautical Collaborative Enterprise

VIVACE

Value Improvement through a Virtual Aeronautical Collaborative Enterprise

Call for proposal: 
FP6-2002-AERO-1
Link to CORDIS:
Background & policy context: 

ACARE, the 'Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe', defined five major strategic goals that need to be achieved by 2020 to provide more affordable, cleaner, safer and more secure air travel:

  • Cheaper and passenger friendly air travel;
  • Reduction of atmospheric emissions;
  • Reduction of Noise;
  • Enhanced safety and Security;
  • Increased capacity and efficiency of the Air Transport System.

VIVACE is a project set-up in the framework of AECMA (Association Européenne des Constructeurs de Matériel Aèrospatial) addressing aeronautics Vision 2020 objectives. The project is also a manifestation of the European Commission's desire to fund cutting-edge research in the Aeronautical sector as expressed in the STAR 21 ('Strategic Aerospace Review for the 21st Century') report.

VIVACE will significantly contribute to fulfilling three specific targets of the aeronautics industry Strategic Research Agenda:

  1. halve the time to market for new products with the help of advanced electronic analytical, design, manufacturing and maintenance process, methods & tools;
  2. increase the integration of the supply chain into the network;
  3. maintain a steady and continuous fall in travel charges through substantial cuts in operating costs.
Objectives: 

The mission of the project is:

  • to meet society’s needs for a more efficient, safer and environmentally friendly air transport;
  • to win global leadership for European aeronautics, with a competitive supply chain, including small and medium size enterprises.

The objectives are to:

  • contribute to 50% cost reduction in engine development;
  • achieve a 5% cost reduction in aircraft development;
  • contribute to 30% lead time reduction in engine development.

VIVACE will develop advanced capabilities (Knowledge Enabled Engineering, Multidisciplinary Design and Optimisation, Design to Decision Objectives, Engineering Data Management, Distributed Information Systems Infrastructure for Large Enterprise and Collaborative Hub for Heterogeneous Enterprises) applied on real case engineering and business scenarios from the aircraft and engine sectors.

Methodology: 

The project was organised intothree technical subprojects:

  1. Virtual Aircraft. A specific global product work area that develops the different elements of the aircraft, and works around the products for design, modelling, interfacing and testing.
  2. Virtual Engine. A specific global product work area that develops the different engine     modules of the aircraft propulsion system and key areas of multidisciplinary optimisation, knowledge management and collaborative enterprises.
  3. Advanced Capabilities. A key integrating work area that develops common tools, methodologies and guidelines to be shared amongst the developments in the previous two work areas and provides for further integration of these two.

Much of the development in these three areas will build upon the methods, tools and techniques explored and validated during a previous European Commission funded project ENHANCE (Enhanced Aeronautical Concurrent Engineering). The project will bring together 55 partners from industry, research institutes, universities and technology providers.

VIVACE will make its approach available to the aeronautics supply chain via existing networks, information, dissemination, training and technology transfer actions. The project will publicly disseminate its results through its website and by holding 3 annual forums, and by presenting its work at relevant conferences and Aeronautical gatherings such as trade shows, air shows, standards events, national and regional trade association meetings etc. The needs of third tier suppliers will be addressed by formally involving a representative group of these from the 18 month point onwards in the project - they will be expected to suggest customisation and then provide validation of the VIVACE outputs from their perspective.

Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
European Commission
Type of funding:
Key Results: 

The main result of VIVACE is an innovative Aeronautical Collaborative Design Environment and associated processes, models, and methods, which strongly reduces the development costs of new aircraft and engines. This virtual environment, which has been validated through real industrial use cases, supports the design of an aircraft and its engines by providing all the required functionalities and components for the design phases of the aeronautics product life cycle.

More specifically, the achievements of each technical sub-project (see the section 'Methodology') are as follows.

1) Virtual Aircraft Sub-Project

A first achievement has been the development of the Virtual Aircraft (VA) for systems that allows aeronautical collaborative enterprises to:

  • simulate the integration, verification and validation of aircraft systems as early as possible;
  • develop simulations efficiently and effectively which are fully integrated into the development process of aircraft systems;
  • share and re-use simulation components in an extended enterprise context for cost-effective operations.

The main operational benefits are:

  • reduced cycle time for complex simulations due to automation in the solution design;
  • reduced set up costs due to re-using simulation components;
  • increased simulation quality due to the systematic exploration of the complete solution range;
  • reduced operation cost due to the sharing of simulation components.

Other achievements relate to the improvement of the design and development process of specific aircraft systems (however, all integrated in the VA):

  • improvement of the hydraulic system design by using new or improved simulation models;
  • improvement of electrical modelling methods and standardisation of electrical behaviour modelling for data coming from other systems;
  • improvement of the Aircraft Data Communication Network (ADCN) design and validation by developing an ADCN performance model;
  • replacement of tests for flaps carried out on the High Lift test bed with simulations.

2) Virtual Engine Sub-Project

The main achievements reached are:

  • development of models and tools for the assessment of the virtual engine business environment and the impact that potential events could have on the model, as well as for understanding the behaviour of the aero engine value chain;
  • development of a life cy

    Technical Implications

    Recommendations for each technical sub-project (see the section 'Methodology') are as follows.

    1) Virtual Aircraft Sub-Project

    The simulations developed in the framework of VIVACE will deliver their full added value in terms of cost reduction if they can be shared in the extended enterprise to enable a seamless design flow. Therefore, further research should focus on a few conditions that must be met to enable the effective sharing of simulation capabilities:

    T1: The first condition is that it is necessary a powerful indexing system to facilitate fast and accurate retrieval of the collected simulation integrated in a complete simulation life cycle.

    T2: The second condition consists in transparent and performing connections between the different actors of a development chain including security, rights management, etc.

    T3: The third condition is an unquestionable confidence in the provided simulations obtained through a rigorous verification, validation and accreditation process.

    These conditions will lead to the creation of widely employed and recognised references for simulations to be used and shared by the entire supply chain to significantly improve the development process of aircraft systems.

    1) Virtual Engine Sub-Project

    Physical test provides a tangible reference to prove the design, however this is usually available only after having manufactured the component. This together with practical limitations of physical test exposes manufacturers to the risk of significant unplanned cost to remedy unexpected findings.

    VIVACE has demonstrated the use of mechanical simulation to provide reference behaviour models against which other design models may be validated. VIVACE has also advanced physical testing strategy. These two provide complementary roles for design validation. However:

    T4: it is necessary to go further in order to cover assemblies, sub-systems, systems and cross-discipline activities.

    T5: validation of non-linear behaviour needs developments.

    T6: it is recommendable to investigate how variability associated with manufacture, materials, service loads and assemblies influences the way the virtual reference is deployed.

    T7: assumptions used in the virtual model need to be checked against the knowledge accrued through physical testing and in-service experience on similar components.

    T8: physical testing needs to be focused and aligned to requirements for verifying the virtual validation

Lead Organisation: 

Airbus

Address: 
2 ROND POINT EMILE DEWOITINE
31700 BLAGNAC
France
EU Contribution: 
€0
Partner Organisations: 

University Of Manchester Institute Of Science And Technology

Address: 
Sackville Street
MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€0

Université Paul Sabatier

Address: 
118, route de Narbonne
31062 TOULOUSE
France
EU Contribution: 
€0

Mtu Aero Engines

Address: 
Dachauer Strasse 665
80995 MUENCHEN
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Politecnico Di Milano

Address: 
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€0

Samtech S.a.

Address: 
Rue des Chasseurs-Ardennais 8
- ANGLEUR (LIÈGE)
Belgium
EU Contribution: 
€0

Thales Avionics Electrical Systems Sa

Address: 
41, Boulervard de la Republique
78401 CHATOU
France
EU Contribution: 
€0

Centre De Recherche En Aéronautique

Address: 
Batiment Eole, 1Er Étage - Rue Des Frères Wright 29
6041 Gosselies
Belgium
EU Contribution: 
€0

Epm Technology

Address: 
GRENSEVEIEN 107
6629 ETTERSTAD OSLO
Norway
EU Contribution: 
€0

Airbus Operations Limited

Address: 
New Filton House, Filton
BRISTOL
BS99 7AR
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€0

Arttic

Address: 
58A rue du Dessous des Berges
75013 PARIS
France
EU Contribution: 
€0

Isight Software Sarl

Address: 
Avenue de l'opéra, 19
PARIS
France
EU Contribution: 
€0

Msc Software Gmbh

Address: 
Innsbrucker Ring, 15
MUENCHEN
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Airbus France Sas

Address: 
316, route de Bayonne
31060 TOULOUSE
France
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€0

Airbus Deutschland Gmbh

Address: 
Kreetslag 10
HAMBURG
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Eads Ccr

Address: 
37, Boulevard de Montmorency
PARIS
France
EU Contribution: 
€0

Thales Avionics

Address: 
1 avenue Carnot
MASSY
France
EU Contribution: 
€0

Imperial College Of Science Technology And Medicine

Address: 
Exhibition Road, South Kensington
LONDON
SW7 2AZ
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€0

Inasco- Integrated Aerospace Sciences Corporation O.e.

Address: 
Parque Tecnológico de Zamudio, Nº 300
ZAMUDIO (VIZCAYA)
Greece
EU Contribution: 
€0

Rolls Royce Plc

Address: 
65 Buckingham gate
LONDON
SW1E 6AT
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€0

Stichting Centrum Voor De Ontwikkeling Van Transport En Logistiek In Europa

Address: 
Van Nelleweg 1
3044 BC Rotterdam
Netherlands
EU Contribution: 
€0

Turbomeca

Address: 
n/a
BORDES
France
EU Contribution: 
€0

Instituto De Desenvolvimento De Novas Tecnologias

Address: 
Campus da Caparica, Quinta da Torre, Monte de Caparica
MONTE DA CAPARICA
Portugal
EU Contribution: 
€0

Universitaet Paderborn

Address: 
Warburger Strasse 100
33098 Paderborn
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Eurocopter

Address: 
Aéroport International Marseille-Provence
BP 13 MARIGNANE
France
EU Contribution: 
€0

Queen's University Belfast

Address: 
University Road
BELFAST
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€0

Bae Systems (Operations) Limited

Address: 
Warwick House, Farnborough Aerospace Centre
FARNBOROUGH, HAMPSHIRE
GU14 6YU
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€0

The University Of Nottingham

Address: 
University Park
Nottingham
NG7 2RD
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€0

Alenia Aermacchi Spa

Address: 
Viale Dell'aeronautica Snc
80038 Pomigliano D'arco (Na)
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€0

Centre Europeen De Recherche Et De Formation Avancee En Calcul Scientifique

Address: 
Avenue Gaspard Coriolis 42
31057 Toulouse
France
EU Contribution: 
€0

Dassault Systemes Sa

Address: 
Quai Marcel Dassault 9
SURESNES
France
EU Contribution: 
€0

Deutsches Zentrum Fr Luft Und Raumfahrt E.v

Address: 
Linder Hhe
12489 KLN
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Eurostep Group Ab

Address: 
Vasagatan, 38
STOCKHOLM
Sweden
EU Contribution: 
€0

Empresarios Agrupados Internacional Sa

Address: 
Calle Magallanes 3
28015 Madrid
Spain
EU Contribution: 
€0

Avio S.p.a.

Address: 
Via 1 Maggio 99
RIVALTA DI TORINO
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€0

Ajilon Engineering

Address: 
Avenue Didier Daurat - Immeuble Centreda
BLAGNAC
France
EU Contribution: 
€0

Hewlett-Packard Limited

Address: 
CENTRAL SQUARE SOUTH, ORCHARD STREET
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€0

Hydro Control Steuerungstechnik Gmbh

Address: 
Am Sternbusch 3
RASTEDE
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Leuven Measurements And Systems International Nv

Address: 
Interleuvenlaan 68, Researchpark Haasrode
HEVERLEE
Belgium
EU Contribution: 
€0

Lulea Tekniska Universitet

Address: 
Universitetsomradet Porson
971 87 Lulea
Sweden
EU Contribution: 
€0

Messier - Dowty Ltd

Address: 
Cheltenham Road East
GLOUCESTER
GL2 9QH
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€0

National Technical University Of Athens

Address: 
Heroon Polytechniou 9 (polytechnic campus)
15780 ZOGRAFOS
Greece
EU Contribution: 
€0

Politecnico Di Torino

Address: 
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi
10129 Torino
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€0

Techspace Aero

Address: 
Route de Liers, 121
HERSTAL (MILMORT)
Belgium
EU Contribution: 
€0

The University Of Warwick

Address: 
Gibbet Hill Road
COVENTRY
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€0

Xerox S.p.a

Address: 
Via Medici del Vascello, 36 Pal 3/a
MILAN
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€0

Oktal S.a.

Address: 
2,rue de Boudeville - Immeuble Aurélien II
TOULOUSE
France
EU Contribution: 
€0

Cimpa Gmbh

Address: 
Willy-Messerschmitt-Strasse 1
MÜNCHEN
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Dassault Data Services

Address: 
22, Quai Galiéni
SURESNES CEDEX
France
EU Contribution: 
€0

Teuchos S.a.s

Address: 
Victoria Centre 24 - 20, Chemin de Laporte
TOULOUSE
France
EU Contribution: 
€0

Dassault Aviation

Address: 
9, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées - Marcel Dassault
75008 PARIS
France
EU Contribution: 
€0

Eads Deutschland Gmbh

Address: 
Willy- Messerschmitt- Strasse
OTTOBRUNN
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Office National D' Etudes Et De Recherches Aérospatiales

Address: 
29, avenue de la Division Leclerc
BP72 CHÂTILLON CEDEX
France
EU Contribution: 
€0

Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co Kg

Address: 
Eschenweg 11
15827 BLANKENFELDE-MAHLOW
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Snecma

Address: 
2 Bd du Général Martial-Valin
PARIS
France
EU Contribution: 
€0

Cranfield Aerospace Limited

Address: 
Cranfield University Campus Hangar 2
Cranfield
MK43 0AL
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€0

Technische Universitaet Hamburg Harburg

Address: 
Schwarzenbergstrasse, 95
HAMBURG
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€0

Volvo Aero Corporation

Address: 
Flygmotorvägen
TROLLHÄTTAN
Sweden
EU Contribution: 
€0

Esoce Net (European Society Of Concurrent Engineering)

Address: 
Via Cortina d'Amprezzo, 164
ROMA
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€0

Iberica Del Espacio S.a.

Address: 
QUEVEDO,9
MADRID
Spain
EU Contribution: 
€0

Intespace

Address: 
Rond-Point Pierre Guillaumat, 2
31029 Toulouse
France
EU Contribution: 
€0

Dr.joachim Kurzke, Pc Software

Address: 
Max Feldbauer Weg 5
DACHAU
Germany
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€0

Transcendata Europe Limited

Address: 
4 Carisbrooke Court, Anderson Road, Buckingway Business Park
SWAVESEY, CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€0

Assystem Uk Limited

Address: 
Club Street
BAMBER BRIDGE, PRESTON
United Kingdom
EU Contribution: 
€0

Eads Ccr

Address: 
37, Boulevard de Montmorency
PARIS
France
EU Contribution: 
€0