Discover our dynamic aircraft simulation tool for energy and mission performance.
Electric and hybrid airplanes, vehicles for urban air mobility, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for goods delivery will change aviation. Propulsion design, energy management, and mission optimization are all required to get the most out of the batteries powering them. Aeronomie, developed by the Argonne National Laboratory Vehicle & Systems Mobility Group (VMS), is a new simulation tool designed to facilitate these efforts.
The aeronautical version of Autonomie, Argonne’s state-of-the-art vehicle energy consumption, performance, and cost system simulation tool, Aeronomie is composed of multiple subsystems, including environment (e.g., air density, wind, gust, etc.), airframe (e.g., six degrees of freedom [6DOF] motion and aerodynamics), power and propulsions (e.g., battery, engine, motors, propellers, etc.), and control and pilot (e.g., follow mission waypoints and control thrust and surfaces).
Aeronomie highlights include:
- Aircraft systems, including power plant, propulsion, aerodynamics, flight dynamics, and pilot/controls;
- Entire flight mission simulation;
- Fixed-wing and multi-rotary UAV;
- Full simulation workflow, including aircraft setup, mission definition, simulation, post-processing, and analysis;
- Automated building algorithm to create a model of the entire aircraft from subsystem models;
- Models code open and fully customizable (users can add their models); and
- Large-scale parametric studies using high-performance computing (HPC) and simulation-based optimization.
Application examples include analysis of:
- Aircraft design optimization;
- Power plant architecture optimization;
- Electrification and hybridization;
- Control and mission optimization;
- Component requirements and sizing; and
- Energy consumption, range, endurance, and payload trade-offs.