Computer Simulation of Aircraft Fuel Systems
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In summary, system simulation can help:Reduce cost through focused iron bird testing and optimized componentweightsInvestigate more operating conditions to ensure safe operation under any foreseen mode of operationDemonstrate compliance with certication requirementsProvide innovation that enables the next generation of efcient andeconomical aircraft.
Why use Flowmaster for Fuel System Design?
Simulations packages are generally of two types, one dimensional or threedimensional. Three dimensional programs such as Fluent® or StarCD® are typicallyused for detailed component level analysis. They can be used to characterize theuid ow elds in complex geometries of a single component. Alternatively, one dimensional programs such as Flowmaster® are used tosimulate the entire uid ow system. In aircraft design, versatile software likeFlowmaster can be used to simulate the fuel system, cabin environmentalcontrol system, potable water systems and various hydraulic systems. Fluid owsystem simulation can be used to alleviate many design difculties and allowsan engineer to quickly consider several design variations.Flowmaster is a well established uid ow simulation software used by aerospace,automotive, power generation, water, marine and other industries. Aerospaceengineers use the fuel systems capabilities of Flowmaster to build computer modelsof entire fuel systems, complete with components such as fuel tanks, jet andcentrifugal pumps, pipes, control and non-return valves.Flowmaster’s wide range of analysis capabilities including pump and valvedynamics and pressure surge modeling make it an ideal choice to simulatenormal fuel feed, re-fuelling, bypass, transfer, re-circulation and other modesof operation to accurately predict fuel pressures, ow rates, temperatures andother performance parameters. Flowmaster can be used to solve uid owand pressure drop problems for both steady state and transient conditions.With Flowmaster, models are created by building a schematic representationof the system with Flowmaster’s graphical user interface. Flowmaster comeswith a database of standard components, which include built-in performance