Special Issue "Flight Simulation"
A special issue of Aerospace (ISSN 2226-4310).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2020).
Flight simulation (FS) has an important role in many fields. Today, the simulation of atmospheric and space flight conditions in ground-based simulators and special-purpose aircraft is used for aircrew training as well as for design, development, and evaluation of aerospace vehicles, systems, and subsystems. FS is presently an important step in aircraft and rotorcraft design, where visions are converted into a virtual reality. The fidelity of simulation systems ranges widely; some aim to recreate an environment or system to such a high degree that it is difficult to distinguish between the simulator and the real system, while others simply aim to recreate a small part of a system, or to present the system as a whole in a more compact fashion.
The FS research community faces new technical challenges when technology and requirements change and evolve. Future generations of FS systems will involve challenges in vehicle modeling techniques and tools as well as environmental modeling, use of computing resources, avionics and instrumentation, motion base technology, and visual system technology.
In the field of Modeling and Simulation of Aircraft Dynamics, Systems, and Environments, including uninhabited aerial systems (UAS) and urban air mobility (UAM) vehicles, multidisciplinary modeling and simulation that spans across domains is becoming increasingly popular. At present, novel modeling and simulation approaches that integrate two, or more, domains are possible─for example, integrating structural dynamics and computational aerodynamics.
In the field of Modeling and Simulation for Certification and Qualification, FS has become an essential tool in the certification process of new commercial aircraft. Furthermore, the introduction of autonomous aircraft in civil airspace, such as UAS and UAM vehicles, requires novel certification approaches based on modeling and simulation. Key research approaches in this context will be those that aim at expanding the use of simulation for handling quality certification of new and derivative aircraft designs, the use of simulation for the certification of autonomous aircraft, and the design of flight tests to validate these simulations.
An important area of research is that involving all aspects in the design, development, and use of motion systems, visual systems, and other simulator hardware, as well as image generation. Novel motion configurations and hardware as well as the application of motion for research and training will exploit emerging motion and visual system technologies and will improve simulation fidelity and effectiveness.
A wide research area where FS is highly involved is that of Model-Based Development, that is, a modern approach to engineering that positions models as the core assets of systems development. Novel techniques and new tools in model-based development in the aerospace field are rapidly penetrating the modeling and simulation aerospace design community as a means of reducing cost while increasing productivity. Key research topics in this context will deal with the use of model-, software-, processor-, and hardware-in-the-loop simulations. Areas of interest span from these approaches, also called X-in-the-loop simulations, to system integration laboratories for hardware-in-the-loop testing of modern fly-by-wire systems, integration and testing of modern avionics and synthetic vision systems, and autonomous flight systems integration and testing.
Dr. Agostino De Marco
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- flight dynamics modelling
- multidisciplinary modeling and simulation
- real-time simulation
- human-in-the-loop vehicle simulation
- model-in-the-loop simulation
- software-in-the-loop simulation
- processor-in-the-loop simulation
- model-based design
- handling quality certification
- motion systems
- visual systems
- simulation fidelity