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AIAA SciTech 2019

January 7-11, 2019, San Diego, California

Visit dSPACE at Booth No. 509!

Learn more about dSPACE solutions for developing and testing electronic control systems for aerospace applications at Booth #509. From individual avionics components to complex, networked onboard systems, dSPACE hardware and software provides engineers with the tools they need to develop and test a wide range of components and systems. dSPACE’s high-performance development environment enables fully automated tests at every development stage in almost all conceivable flight situations. We hope you’ll stop by our booth to learn more.

dSPACE Technical Presentation:
Developments Targeting Hybrid Test Systems for HIL Testing

Dr. Andreas Himmler

Date: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019
Time: 10 a.m.
Session: TBD

In the last years, it has become apparent to the aircraft industry that there is a growing need to improve integration test systems with regard to modularity, scalability, and flexibility. New aircraft programs are becoming increasingly complex. At the same time, sharing test resources between different programs and introducing new test equipment from different sources and suppliers requires much effort. The reason for this is interoperability issues caused by the high level of customization. Software and communication mechanisms are designed for a single environment.

A generic and modular architecture for an open test environment can overcome these issues. Therefore, the approach is adopted in ongoing projects aiming for new test technologies. This not only applies to the aircraft industry but also to the automotive industry. To achieve a modular and open test environment, it is important to develop or apply open standards for the interfaces of this type of architecture. The heart of the system is a standardized communication infrastructure. It forms the basis for combining test equipment of different suppliers and using laboratory test means of different aircraft programs. This not only improves modularity and scalability but allows to use the best equipment for a particular task.

The functions required for configuring, operating, and controlling the test systems as well as for executing tests can be clustered into modules that are connected to the standardized communication infrastructure. This connection is established via standardized interfaces and by applying standardized data formats. The modules can be grouped into three categories: Configuration and control, test execution, and test services.

Similar to the aerospace industry, the idea of having a standardized communication infrastructure has also sparked the interest of the automotive industry. From this results the question of whether the same solution and technology can be applied to the needs of both the aerospace industry and the automotive industry. On the one hand, a unified solution has the potential to give users access to a widely supported, cost-effective technology. On the other hand, the technology must meet the requirements of both industries and it has to be customizable to use-cases of both industries. This assures that it will be adopted by the manufacturers (OEMs) and the suppliers alike.

This paper compares the requirements for the generic and modular test architecture as well as trends and solutions to achieve architectures for hybrid test systems used in the aerospace industry with the requirements for the automotive industry. For this, typical use-cases of both industries will be investigated.

The paper will present preliminary results aiming for a unified approach, which is based on ongoing discussions in both industries.

About the Event

From its creation in 1963, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has organized conferences to serve the aerospace profession as part of its core mission. Spanning over 70 technical discipline areas, AIAA’s conferences provide scientists, engineers, and technologists the opportunity to present and disseminate their work in structured technical paper and poster sessions, learn about new technologies and advances from other presenters, further their professional development, and expand their professional networks that furthers their work.

In 2012, AIAA made the decision to transition to a new event model starting in 2014. This new model co-locates and incorporates AIAA’s individual technical conferences as part of five major forums, each focusing on a major theme — Science and Technology, Aviation, Space, Propulsion and Energy, Defense. These new forums will help AIAA maintain and strengthen its role as the technical leader while becoming more relevant to a larger segment of the aerospace community.

The forum strategy will enhance our events to serve a broad cross section of the membership and our industry — not only those members focused in the traditional aerospace technologies but also those working further up the “product chain,” in process execution and mission applications as well as integration and systems. It was also to increase communication among the different “groups” involved in the aerospace development chain, which will benefit all involved and increase innovative outcomes.

The AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition (AIAA SciTech) has continued to grow in each succeeding year, drawing participants from around the globe. Plenary and Forum 360 participants tackled the most pressing issues impacting the future of aerospace, while the technical program presented innovative research and technologies that offer solutions.

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