for aerospace and defense

Creating digital twins of aircraft systems


ith an accurate aerodynamic digital twin delivering performance prediction and design improvements in a short time, our simulation and testing solutions are key to designing better aircraft in the current landscape.

Simcenter Amesim enables the virtual integrated aircraft (VIA) approach to support your model-based systems engineering, modeling and simulation, verification and validation processes. This helps to optimize critical performance and reduce physical testing.

Simcenter Amesim helps you rapidly build digital replicas of aircraft systems and enables the VIA approach.

Why Simcenter Amesim for Aerospace and Defense?


Supports the modeling of all types of aircrafts (airplanes, helicopters, rockets, satellites, spacecrafts …)


Supports all functions and subsystems to address complex challenges


Benefit from the Simcenter Amesim ecosystem to get well unified models


Model-based systems engineering for the aerospace industry

Need more info?

Then let us show you how Simcenter Amesim help Airbus Helicopters reduce fuel system design cycle by a year.
   Using thermal, hydraulic, mechanical and fuel equipment capabilities of Simcenter Amesim, we can create a model that enables us to accurately predict the fuel system’s behavior.   

Stéphane Amerio,
Simulation Engineer Airbus Helicopters


   Few companies offer such a comprehensive simulation solution.   
Yuri Logvin,
Vice Director for Design Data Management Design Department Irkut Corporation
Irkut Corporation as a leader in the Russian aviation industry uses Simcenter Amesim which helps reduce MC-21 aircraft system development period and number of physical test cycles.
   We are striving to build a competitive aircraft while Siemens Digital Industries Software offers tools to address most of our challenges.   
Yuri Logvin,
Vice Director for Design Data Management Design Department 
Irkut Corporation

In 2010, Irkut Corporation deployed Simcenter Amesim software from Siemens Digital Industries Software for MC-21 aircraft systems simulation. The concept design stage was near completion upon introducing Simcenter Amesim, but there were neither test benches nor a pro-totype.

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Digital twins of aircraft systems and how to create them

To enable the VIA approach, Simcenter Amesim helps you rapidly build digital replicas of aircraft systems.

Environmental control systems

Ensure the comfort of passengers and crew by optimizing energy management, air conditioning and ventilation. Account for temperature, humidity, pressure and change of pressure rate in dynamic conditions. Design systems with higher efficiency, improved safety and lower weight.

Electrical systems

Create a more electric aircraft by optimizing the electrical net- work and accounting for thermal integration. Analyze the impact of power network reconfiguration on generators and loads in steady-state and transient phases.

Aircraft engine and equipment

Balance the performance of conventional and innovative aircraft engine architectures: simulate their complete thermodynamic cycles in various operational conditions, accounting for environ- mental conditions and degradation of compressors and turbines, and integrate their equipment and consumers.

Flight controls

Analyze the behavior of servo-hydraulic, electromechanical and electro-hydrostatic actuators for primary flight controls, cable actuation for light aircraft, and rotary actuators for high-lift devices. Evaluate their performance by considering thermal aspects and the integration with hydraulic or electri- cal systems.

Fuel systems

Improve efficiency, reduce weight and energy consumption of the fuel systems while satisfying certification requirements.

Optimize fuel pressurization, fueling, refueling and defueling of reservoirs with complex shapes while accounting for aircraft attitude, acceleration, wing bending or twisting.

Flight dynamics

Optimize aircraft stability and improve early stage autopilot controller design. Account for mass, inertia and center of gravity position to assess handling qualities during the flight mission.

Landing systems

Simulate mechanical, fluid, electrical and thermal aspects. Analyze system sizing options under various operating condi- tions. Meet shock absorber requirements, optimize the kinematics for extraction and retraction, as well as improve braking and steering systems.

Hydraulic systems

Simulate hydraulic systems’ behavior for different sizing scenar- ios and flight missions. Integrate your hydraulic systems with flight controls, electrical or landing systems, to assess overall aircraft performance. Estimate the system’s degraded perfor- mance to meet certification requirements.