Context and Challenges

Due to strong competitiveness and considerable increasing of technological demand in terms of performance and reliability of constituting components, aircraft manufacturers are constantly urged to invest in innovative design technologies so as to reduce aircraft development costs and delivery time. Moreover, manufacturing restrictive quality constraints and the limits imposed to industrial budgets require aircraft design to be cheaper and more effective at the same time.

To this end, to reduce the aerodynamic design process as well as to satisfy the ever-growing demand of the aeronautical optimization, a significant enhancement of the CFD prediction capability is required. Moreover, to face with the requirements of top-level aeronautical design, the geometries optimizer is requested to fulfil process integration, multi-objective and multi-disciplinary strategy, mesh-independent solution, parallelism, large models and arbitrary mesh element type management.