CST – Computer Simulation Technology

Electromagnetic Simulation Supporting Aircraft Certification

Recording date: October 15, 2015

60 min



Electromagnetic environments such as those produced by lightning can cause failures on aircraft safe operation and even catastrophic effects if precautions are not taken. The risk is elevated for modern aircraft having an increased number of flight control, communication and guidance systems, and incorporating structures made of carbon-fiber composite (CFC).

Aircraft certification by testing with respect to different electromagnetic environments is both costly and time consuming. Today, electromagnetic (EM) field simulation offers the possibility to predict vulnerabilities to electromagnetic environments early in the design process and reduce the number of tests required for certification. Simulation may be used to assess the impact of changing a component at a later time in the product life cycle. As such EM simulation is ideally suited to complement testing.

In this webinar the application of CST STUDIO SUITE® to simulate aircraft exposed to various electromagnetic environments will be presented. We will discuss the use of CST EM STUDIO® for lightning attachment zoning characterization and CST CABLE STUDIO® for indirect lightning effect analysis including coupling into cable harnesses systems.

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