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Airbus: Optimisation of design process

Airbus Helicopters

European manufacturer of helicopters and aircraft components

The Blade Station contributed towards:

  • standardising the design process
  • improving the qualtiy of the CAD data,
  • reducing design costs by automating recurrent tasks,
  • increasing the productivity and efficiency of the employees.

MOMENT OF SUCCESS

Since 2012, the Blade Station application has been in productive use for the design, dimensioning and analysis of rotor blade cross sections at Airbus Helicopters.

In order to be able to handle current projects and research subjects with greater speed and efficiency, Airbus Helicopters entrusted us with the development of the Blade Station application, including the necessary standards and methods. Among other things, the application was to include CAD functions specially designed for Airbus Helicopters to enable the user to develop and analyse sturdier rotor cross section variants faster.

FROM THE INITIAL IDEA TO THE FINISHED APPLICATION

During the development phase, our main focus was on the parametric associative design and dimensioning of the internal structure of the rotor blade cross sections, and analysing them. The target had been clearly set by our customer, namely:

"To make the tool-assisted development of rotor blade cross sections possible, to reduce design costs on the one hand, while at the same time increasing the effectivity of our employees."

Our method for achieving this ambitious goal was as follows:
• Analysis of the current process and workflow observation
• Inspection of general specifications, e.g. design guidelines, customer requirements were taken into account, and the supplier situation observed
• Requirements management in close cooperation with the departments involved and IT
• Identification of interface partners, e.g. for the structural analysis for the geometry output in NASTRAN format.
• Development of the CAD methods required
• Development of the application in the VB.NET programming language