It is a 3-year European project co-ordinated by Airbus that ended on 30th September 2016. Its Consortium gathered 32 partners from 8 countries for a global budget of 26.5M€.
Thermal behaviour of aircraft has recently become a crucial subject due to many factors: the increasing number of complex systems required by modern, more electric, commercial aircraft, the introduction of hotter engines with higher by-pass ratios, the increased use of composite material in aircraft structures, and the confinement of highly dissipative equipment and systems in smaller areas to gain space for passengers and cargo.
New advanced techniques to manage aircraft thermal behaviour at the very early stages of development are essential to take the right configuration decisions while meeting market demands. To work efficiently on emerging innovative solutions, it is essential to perform thermal management at the global aircraft level.
to architects the complex representation of the thermal behaviour of
the whole aircraft and the means to manage and challenge this representation
This could save aircraft manufacturers time and money, potentially shortening the lead time for the commercialisation of new aircraft by several months. It would also help reduce the risk of rework later in development, where troubleshooting comes at a much higher cost.
Six use cases illustrating the thermal strategies, jointly defined between architects and experts, demonstrate the benefits of the TOICA approach on two realistic aircraft configurations: