Hundreds of military and aerospace (mil/aero) design engineers, engineering managers, and executives flocked to Dallas last week to attend Mentor Graphics’ annual Integrated Electrical Solutions Forum (IESF) focused on mil/aero applications, trends, and technologies.
Mentor Graphics Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Wally Rhines opened the annual event with an interesting keynote address on: Meeting the Challenge of Developing the More Electric Aircraft.
Aircraft are evolving into sophisticated networked computing platforms; yet, corresponding evolution has not existed in electronic design tools and methodologies, even as the industry moves towards a “more electric” aircraft, Rhines affirmed in his keynote speech. To bridge this design gap and to meet ever more demanding program requirements and functional specifications, aviation leaders are implementing an end-to-end, model-driven, correct-by-construction design process and adopting an integrated, holistic approach to the entire aircraft platform.
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fifth-generation, multi-role military combat aircraft, designed and developed by a Lockheed Martin-led team of aerospace companies, is five times more complicated than the F-16 military
aircraft, first introduced in 1978 by General Dynamics. The complexity of both civil and military aircraft continues to increase; aerospace technology firms are aggressively delivering more and more value to pilots, commercial and military. “As a result, data has terrific value–throughout the aircraft’s entire life cycle, from design thorough deployment and beyond.
“Electrical content will continue to increase, as do complexity and regularly requirements,” Rhines summarizes, “as the industry moves from the ‘more electric’ aircraft to the ‘all electric’ aircraft. Data reuse continues to increase, making designs more efficient and reliable and lending to better quality electric aircraft.”