Expected Results

TOICA demonstrates how to build the complex representation of the thermal behaviour of the complete aircraft through a series of “plateaus”.

During these plateaus, two target aircraft were considered depending on the expected Entry Into Service (EIS) date.


EIS 2020:

Next aircraft entering into service in 2020’s, derived from existing aircraft and integrating innovative solutions for a set of components and/or systems or engine. Targeted aircraft families include the single aisle family (Airbus), the Falcon business jet family (Dassault Aviation) and the ATR regional aircraft family (Leonardo).


EIS 2030+:

Next aircraft entering into service in 2030’s, considering integration of a broader set of technologies with more radical aircraft configurations. The typical baseline is the next generation of single aisle aircraft family from Airbus. This baseline will integrate most of the mature technical solutions investigated through the use cases in order to reach an efficient thermal concept aircraft aligned with the 2050 vision.


TOICA enables architects to manage the thermal impact on the overall aircraft architecture (which was not possible before) that provides an optimised thermal behaviour of the overall aircraft. This is now shared in the extended enterprise with design partners through a collaborative environment supporting new advanced capabilities developed by the project:

  • An Architect Cockpit, to allow the architects and experts to monitor the thermal assessment of an aircraft and to perform trade-off studies
  • Super-integration, to support a holistic view of the aircraft and to organise the design views and the related simulation cascade

It was achieved by:

  • Proposing thermal architectures for improvement of conventional aircraft configurations as well as innovative architecture for the next aircraft generation, based on realistic industrial examples. These have been tested and validated in near-program conditions within an extended enterprise environment
  • Improving the means for aircraft thermal experts and architects to better perform their operational role of design leader and arbitrator within the multi-partner and multidisciplinary design environment of today. A dedicated thermal architecture environment was developed to support the decision process for aircraft design (Architect Cockpit)
  • Studying new concepts for improved thermal load management of aircraft components, systems or equipment, integrating innovative cooling technologies and better exploitation of thermal heat sinks
  • Developing multidisciplinary methods and simulation capabilities for new thermal aircraft concepts evaluation

Architects cockpit

  • Super integration mechanisms to support the holistic view of the aircraft and to organise the design views and the related simulation cascade

Super integration mechanisms

Super integration mechanisms