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M. Engelmann, D. Drust, M. Hornung
The cabin is a crucial aspect of todays and future aircraft as it is the single most important element passengers are in contact with during a flight. It is thus increasingly important to get an in-depth impression of the layout, even during early design phases. However, in the current preliminary aircraft design process, 2D methods and cabin representations are common. This paper introduces a novel fast way to assess and visualize a cabin by displaying it in three dimensions. This enables a deeper understanding of a cabin during the early design phases by providing advanced assessment possibilities as well as visualization capabilities for photorealistic renders, animations and VR experiences. The foundation for the model is the cabin and fuselage design environment (CAFE) of PAXelerate. In combination with the CPACS support, it enables a swift and easy cabin design process. With the help of the open source 3D creation suite Blender, the 2D cabin layout is translated into a detailed 3D cabin and fuselage geometry, which can then be further used for high quality renderings and cabin geometry post processing. This includes 3D object collision detection, the verification of safety zone and evacuation area sizing as well as a cabin volume calculation. This rapid automated 3D cabin generation tool enables new possibilities for the cabin design during the preliminary aircraft design process by adding a third dimension and by providing an easy and fast way for photorealistic cabin renderings, VR experiences and a cabin assessment not possible using 2D methods. By using this approach, novel cabin concepts can thus be experienced from a completely different angle, benefiting both passengers and manufacturers of future aircraft.
Deutscher Luft- und Raumfahrtkongress 2020
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft- und Raumfahrt - Lilienthal-Oberth e.V., Bonn, 2020
21,0 x 29,7 cm, 8 Seiten
Stichworte zum Inhalt:
Blender, CPACS, Cabin, Automation, Visualization
Engelmann, M.; Drust, D.; Hornung, M. (2020): Automated 3D cabin generation with PAXelerate and Blender using the CPACS file format. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Luft- und Raumfahrt - Lilienthal-Oberth e.V.. (Text). https://doi.org/10.25967/530014. urn:nbn:de:101:1-2020100914023283185396.