Innovation in the development of electronic systems for aeronautics

The project targets the development of innovative engineering methods for electronic systems for aerospace applications to reduce development cost and boost quality, a key enabler for european system suppliers and european engineering consultancy companies to remain competitive

Modern computer-based IMA (Integrated Modular Avionics) have physically distributed and functionally integrated architectures that depend on the successful integration of complex mechanical, electrical and software components, so its design is prone to errors and integration inconsistencies and more often than not are found late in the development process, when things are most expensive to fix. Boeing estimates that a reduction of 30% in the development cost of complex avionics systems could be achieved if new methods were put in place for early error detection and first-time quality. A breakthrough systems engineering approach that helps in this direction can boost quality and cost-competitiveness for the European industry, European systems suppliers and engineering consultancy firms primarily - a leap forward to remain competitive in the upcoming challenges in Industry 4.0. Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) is a paradigm shift for systems development where computer models of the systems are used to flow down the system requirements from the systems integration company to the system suppliers (instead of document-based requirements which are used today) as well as to validate systems requirements and systems integration early in the development process. The idea is to detect errors in the system requirements or integration issues between systems as early in the development process, when changes to the design are still affordable. This consortium lead by Siemens and Boeing Europe, and supported by GMV and Skylife as subcontractors, targets to develop an affordable MBSE workflow/process for the whole development lifecycle of avionics systems (airplane electronics), a new paradigm in systems development for avionics systems targeting unparalleled levels of quality and reduced cost. One of the main goals is to deliver a well-documented and ready-to-implement MBSE methodology for avionics development that will help saving development time and cost of future airplane programs and help European suppliers and European consultancy firms remain competitive. Also, the project will carefully look at good practices from other industries such as automotive and train to adopt those to realistic aeronautics use cases that address the real problems of the industry today in the development of electronic systems such as the highly demanding certification requirements for new software and hardware. The project will target the development of such a MBSE process applicable to the lifecycle of any on-board avionics system in parallel with the development of an Electro-Mechanical Actuator or EMA, an example of Cyber Physical System (CPS) which will serve as use case during the course of the project. The Electro-Mechanical Actuator is a strategic system from a technological point of view due to its applicability in the development of the so named All-Electrical Aircraft and the Fly-By-Wire (FBW) flight control system. It involves the modeling and simulation of properties that belong to different fields of physics such as electronics, mechanics, magnetism or thermodynamics. Finally, there is an increasing interest in the additive manufacturing industry, as well as within the scientific community, in the development of multifunctional components where electro-mechanical devices are the key element. This project also will enable to grasp how performance and safety requirements for critical systems cascade down from the system level architecture to the software architecture and avionic hardware leading to improvements in a number of existing software tools for MBSE (developed by Siemens) such as LMS Imagine.lab System Synthesis –representing system architectures- and LMS Imagine.lab Embedded Software Designer, representing software architectures. The scalability of such process in a context of variant system -and software architectures will be in scope as well. Furthermore the use case will explore on how XiL technology and the underlying LMS Imagine.lab platform and LMS Virtual.Lab platform could be effectively used to support of the whole design and certification processes (e.g. according to different avionic standards like DO178) by providing high fidelity system models which represent the system by absence of a prototype. The traceability between the application artifacts like – SW models, code or avionic hardware and the link to lifecycle management solutions –like Polarion- orchestrating the requirements will enable SISW to strengthen its position as a methodology provider towards the industry. Finally, the consortium proposes to undertake this task following an Agile Project Management methodology: working in several iterations, each one will cover several stages of the product life cycle. An outcome will be expected from all of them, starting with a minimum value product and creating additional value in each iteration.
Project ID: 
11 172
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Project costs: 
2 000 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Embedded Systems and Real Time Systems
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