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Investigating Validation of a Simulation Model for Development and Certification of Future Fighter Aircraft Fuel Systems
Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Automatic Control.
Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Automatic Control.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In this thesis a method for verification, validation and uncertainty quantification (VV&UQ) has been tested and evaluated on a fuel transfer application in the fuel rig currently used at Saab. A simplified model has been developed for the limited part of the fuel system in the rig that is affected in the transfer, and VV&UQ has been performed on this model. The scope for the thesis has been to investigate if and how simulation models can be used for certification of the fuel system in a fighter aircraft.

The VV&UQ-analysis was performed with the limitation that no probability distributions for uncertainties were considered. Instead, all uncertainties were described using intervals (so called epistemic uncertainties). Simulations were performed on five different operating points in terms of fuel flow to the engine with five different initial conditions for each, resulting in 25 different operating modes. For each of the 25 cases, the VV&UQ resulted in a minimum and maximum limit for how much fuel that could be transferred. 6 cases were chosen for validation measurements and the resulting amount of fuel transferred ended up between the corresponding epistemic intervals.

Performing VV&UQ is a time demanding and computationally heavy task, which quickly grows as the model becomes more complex. Our conclusion is that a pilot study is necessary, where time and costs are evaluated, before choosing to use a simulation model and perform VV&UQ for certification. Further investigation of different methods for increasing confidence in simulation models is also needed, for which VV&UQ is one suitable option.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 55 p.
Keyword [en]
MBSE, Simulation, Uncertainty Quantification, Aircraft, Fuel System, Certification
National Category
Control Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-129300ISRN: LiTH-ISY-EX--16/4974--SEOAI: diva2:937633
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Saab AB
Subject / course
Electrical Engineering
2016-06-10, Linköping, 13:00 (English)
Available from: 2016-06-16 Created: 2016-06-15 Last updated: 2016-06-17Bibliographically approved

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