Preliminary design
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Pacelab APD

Analyzing preliminary aircraft designs across disciplines

With a heavy increase in air traffic expected for the next few decades, aircraft and engine manufacturers are looking to give their products a substantial revamp to increase productivity, while making them greener and more efficient. In the race for innovation, preliminary design and optimization capabilities play a critical role paving the way for new and emerging technologies such as electric or hybrid-electric propulsion systems.

Our preliminary aircraft design platform Pacelab APD allows evaluating alternative aircraft configurations in terms of performance, economics and technical risk and helps to assess the impact of technological innovations early in the design process.

How You Can Benefit
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Save time to evaluate a wider range of design alternatives

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Focus on engineering not programming

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Assess key metrics and risks early on

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Leverage existing tools and methods

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Back up investment and technology decisions

What Our Customers Say
  • "With SysArc and APD Safran is able to define, analyse and optimize fully integrated systems in an accurate fashion. The suite allows for localized sub-system/architecture assessments together with an understanding of the aircraft level outcome.
    Safran studies range from gauging the impact of novel engine off-take configurations to investigating the feasibility of advanced dual-energy propulsion concepts."

    Dr. Yann Fefermann, Advanced Systems Architecture and Integration Specialist Energy & Propulsion Department, Safran Tech
Key Features
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  • Rapid setup of aircraft models from resident library or configurator
  • Reversible I/O, one-click selection of complex design cases
  • Seamless integration of proprietary methods
  • Extensible trade study and optimization module
  • Powerful API for coupling external tools (and methods)
  • Efficient (partial) recalculation of the equation system
Related Product

Pacelab SysArc

Pacelab SysArc builds on Pacelab APD to conduct systems architecture investigations in a fully-fledged aircraft design environment. It provides a reliable framework for assessing new technologies and making investment or development decisions.

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Related Product

Pacelab Suite

Our generic product design platform Pacelab Suite can be easily extended with domain-specific functionality to support individual use cases. It provides the enabling technology for our off-the-shelf software Pacelab APD and Pacelab SysArc.

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Customer support

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  • Download documentation
  • Search the knowledge base
  • Post new support requests
  • View status of ongoing support requests

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