A Dynamic Aircraft Simulation Tool for Energy and Mission Performance
- Aircraft Systems: power plant, propulsion, aerodynamics, flight dynamics, pilot/controls
- Simulation of entire flight mission
- Fixed-wing and multi-rotary, including UAV
- Customizable Simulink-based models
- User-friendly interface
- Calculates energy consumption, endurance, range, payload
The Electric Aviation Revolution
Electric and hybrid airplanes, vehicles for urban air mobility, and UAVs for goods delivery will change aviation. Propulsion design, energy management, and mission optimization are required to get the most out of batteries powering them. Aeronomie is a new simulation tool designed to facilitate these efforts.
From Cars to Aircrafts
Aeronomie is the aeronautical version of Autonomie, Argonne’s road vehicle energy consumption tool. Developed over the past 20 years and adopted by over 275 organizations, Autonomie is extensively used for the development of more energy-efficient vehicles.
Aircraft Systems Modeling
The Simulink model of an entire aircraft system, fixed-wing or multi-rotary is built from models of subsystems:
- Environment: air density, wind, gusts
- Airframe: 6-Degrees-of-Freedom motion and aerodynamics
- Power & Propulsion: battery, engine, motors, propellers, etc.
- Control & Pilot: follow mission waypoints & control thrust and surfaces
Aeronomie comes with a graphical user interface and a file organization that facilitates aircraft system design, optimization and evaluation:
- Full simulation workflow: from aircraft setup, mission definition, simulation, post-processing and analysis
- An automated building algorithm creates the model of the entire aircraft from subsystem models
- Models code open and fully customizable; users can add their models
- Large-scale parametric studies using HPC and simulation-based optimization
Thanks to its model library and its interface, Aeronomie can be used for a variety of aircraft systems related R&D:
- Aircraft design optimization
- Power plant architecture optimization
- Electrification and hybridization
- Control and mission optimization
- Component requirements and sizing
- Energy, range, endurance, payload trade-offs
Linkage with Other Tools
Aeronomie can be linked with other expert tools developed at Argonne, including supercomputer-enabled CFD code (external aerodynamics), BatPac (battery performance and cost) and GREET (life-cycle analysis).
Please visit our publications page for the latest technical updates on our work. In the top left, select “Group by Keyword” and look for “Aircraft systems” and “Aeronomie”.
Development team: Dominik Karbowski (Team Lead), Nirmit Prabhakar
Technical ManagerDominik Karbowski