MICADO: Aircraft Design at ILR
Multidisciplinary Integrated Conceptual Aircraft Design and Optimization Environment
Motivation and approach
The central task in conceptual overall aircraft design is to size an aircraft towards a given set oftop-level aircraft requirements and optimize it towards certain evaluation criteria.
The ILR MICADO software platform fulfills these goals allowing the user to quickly set up new aircraft designs and investigate large parameter spaces with minimum pre- and post-processing.
The MICADO design methodology (figure right) incorporates an iterative execution of specific design and analysis programs leading to a fully converged aircraft design.
The integrated sizing logic comprises component resizing and snowball effects to ensure realistic capturing of the impact of particular design changes or systems integration on overall aircraft level.
- Object-oriented and extensible software architecture based on loosely coupled program modules and XML data flow and parameterization
- Black-box optimization software integrated based on a mesh-adaptive direct search algorithm
- Export of designed aircraft geometry to watertight CAD models for high fidelity post-processing or more detailed design tasks