A Fully Coupled Multi-Aircraft DI Simulation Model

Period of Performance: 05/20/2003 - 11/20/2003


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Continuum Dynamics, Inc.
34 Lexington Avenue Array
Ewing, NJ 08618
Principal Investigator


Attempts to simulate the dynamic interface (DI) environment of landing aircraft onto Navy ships typically incorporate extensive approximations in both the component aerodynamic models and their interaction. These lower fidelity models are employed in order to achieve real-time throughput speeds required in manned simulation, or may simply result from lack of data or sufficient analytical tools in the models themselves. A novel fully-coupled aerodynamic simulation that includes multiple aircraft simultaneously operating from a ship is proposed for development, that will represent time-accurate couplings between aircraft wakes, ship superstructure, and ship airwake emanating from a moving platform. Various modeling simplifications will then be applied to this simulation and their effects evaluated in order to quantify the level of detail necessary to use this software as a DI testing predictive tool. These simplifications should also enable the development of a networked version of this simulation environment that may ultimately achieve real-time throughput speeds through parallel computation. Extensive use will be made of past and current efforts at CDI in real-time aircraft wake simulation, bluff-body aerodynamic analysis, and hybrid CFD approaches that all address the DI aerodynamic environment. The software end product resulting from Phase I/Phase II research would provide a tool for pre-test prediction of the operational environment anticipated for flight near maritime or ground structures subject to external disturbances and prevailing wind effects. These conditions include landing and launching aircraft from ships, operations from off-shore oil platforms, and use of heliports on top of and adjacent to large buildings. An additional benefit of the software would be an enhanced representation of flight operations in structure-generated turbulence to facilitate pilot training.