Safran Picks Ansys Simulation Software for Engine Development

Safran Aircraft Engines will deploy Ansys Mechanical FEA software for design and validation in the CFM RISE technology Program.

Safran Aircraft Engines will deploy Ansys Mechanical FEA software for design and validation in the CFM RISE technology Program.

Example of Ansys Mechanical FEA software for design and validation in use. Image courtesy of Ansys.


Aircraft engine manufacturer Safran Aircraft Engines will implement Ansys' finite element analysis (FEA) tools as an end-to-end structural and thermal simulation solution in new programs for developing next-generation aircraft engines. 

Safran Aircraft Engines will deploy Ansys Mechanical FEA software for design and validation in the CFM RISE technology Program, which is driven by the worldwide aviation industry commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The RISE program will leverage Ansys' simulation tools to support three main technology pillars, including an advanced open fan architecture, new materials and hybrid electrification capabilities to enable the reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

“Ansys' best-in-class simulation software and deep understanding of the challenges of our industry will enable us to support our engineers to develop sustainable technologies for our future aircraft engine programs,” says Michel Brioude, vice president of engineering, research, and technology at Safran Aircraft Engines. “By leveraging Ansys' tools, Safran Aircraft Engines will benefit from improved usability, a streamlined workflow, and a set of technologies that enables scalability and optimizes our research and development process through virtual prototyping.”

Thermal and mechanical engineers at Safran Aircraft Engines will use Ansys' simulation solutions for advanced engine developments, including structural designs such as an open unducted fan, upgraded composite material to combat higher temperatures, and hybrid electrification. High-fidelity solver features such as fluid–structure interaction capabilities and faster solve times will allow Safran Aircraft Engines to slash development time with reduction in simulation workflow compared to the company's previous FEA tools.

“After many years of close collaboration, we are thrilled to announce that Ansys simulation software will now help Safran Aircraft Engines engineers design groundbreaking innovations for aircraft engines that meet sustainability standards, while reducing development time and costs to better serve the aviation industry more quickly and efficiently,” says Shane Emswiler, senior vice president of products at Ansys.

Ansys will offer technical support to Safran Aircraft Engines as they integrate the software in current and future developments.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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