Mathworks has announced new flight analysis and visualisation capabilities for aerospace design that will reduce the time needed between vehicle design and development to flight prototyping.
Using Mathworks products MATLAB and Simulink, engineers will be able to develop continuous workflow thanks to the release of 2018B, 'Aerospace Blockset', which adds flight control analysis tools that help to inspect the flying qualities of vehicles.
'Aerospace Toolbox' also introduces the ability to "customise user interfaces featuring cockpit flight instruments to visualise and analyse the motion and behaviour of aerospace vehicles".
“The ability to model, simulate, analyse and visualise is critical to the highly regulated aerospace industry. That’s why Simulink has become the design environment of choice for these engineers,” said Paul Barnard, design automation marketing director at MathWorks.
“Now these teams can reduce design time even more, because they can iterate to reach prototyping in a few weeks instead of many months. This will help them meet development deadlines while ensuring high-fidelity and compliance with standards.”
Strict design and regulatory requirements for aerospace design means engineering teams often rely on Simulink and the DO Qualification Kit to achieve standards such as MIL-F-8785C, DO-178 B and DO-178 C.
“Most of our Aerospace design engineers in Australia face two key challenges. The first is to meet regulatory requirements such as DO-178 B and DO-178 C and the second is to reduce time to market and costs," Jean-Baptiste Lanfrey, Manager - Application Engineering and Training Services at Mathworks Australia said.
"For Australia's defence and aerospace industry, the MathWorks Aerospace Toolbox and Blockset will enable companies to meet such stringent requirements in a more efficient manner through greater use of simulation and less reliance on physical prototyping.”
Engineers that work with in-house or third-party tools for flight visualisation and analysis are now able to directly interact with Simulink.
They also have the ability to share models for prototypes across teams and with contractors to ensure that these strict requirements are met.