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Prospects for implementation of AGILE international project were discussed at CIAM

19 July 2017

On 18 July 2017, the Central Institute of Aviation Motors (CIAM, a subsidiary of the National Research Center ‘Zhukovsky Institute’) hosted a technical meeting on the AGILE project which became a business agenda highlight outside of the MAKS exhibition area. The AGILE project targets multidisciplinary optimization of airframe and propulsion system in the framework of an innovative collaboration between experts specializing in various disciplines. 

The meeting participants represented by 15 organizations from around the world gathered to discuss the results of a two-year project implementation, as well as their plans for the next year. The three-year project was launched on 1 June 2015.

“The project results for the past two years show a significant progress: practically all the targets have been met, although some with a slight delay” comments Artur Mirzoyan, head of AGILE project activities at CIAM, on the intermediate results of the project. “In practice, the development of a distributed environment for collaborative aircraft and power plant design and optimization, the goal of the AGILE project, turned out to be much more complicated in real-life European and Russian setting than the development of a similar system within just one, even large, company, such as the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The organizational problems we faced in the development primarily have to do with a need to coordinate enormous flows of modeling system data at various levels, from the zero level to 3D CFD modeling, which makes it necessary to involve multidisciplinary experts in the work.”

Russia is represented by the CIAM and the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) in the project. The area of responsibility and competence of CIAM’s experts mainly includes engine and propulsion system modeling at the aircraft level, as well as integration of propulsion system into the aircraft and its subsystems (such as onboard systems, nacelle etc.). The CIAM is also responsible for tackling one of the main test problems of the collaborative design system, the so-called “system of systems”, which involves determining optimal parameters of a future regional aircraft and its systems to include the airframe, the propulsion with the nacelle and various onboard systems architecture types (conventional, more electrical, fully electrical).

The main result of the work has been a standardization of data exchange formats and the data composition required for communication between these systems, as well as conducting test studies on multidisciplinary optimization of the basic regional aircraft. Various tools were used for this purpose, such as Common Parametric Aircraft Configuration Schema (CPACS), RCE distributed environment for remote program integration, OPTIMUS integration and optimization environment etc.

“We hope that the experience of development such a system gained through AGILE will enable us to address challenges of distributed collaborative design and optimization of integrated future airframe and propulsion configurations carried out by multiple parties in a more effective way. It is also important that our colleagues from the TsAGI are involved in the work. This experience, as well as the cooperation established will allow us to implement a similar system among the Zhukovsky Institute subsidiaries,” says CIAM research supervisor – Deputy Director General Alexander Lanshin.


Work on the next AGILE stage was opened by CIAM head of project activities Artur Mirzoyan


The project team including European experts, Canadian developers and Russian researchers were greeted by CIAM’s research supervisor – Deputy Director General  Alexander Lanshin, speaking on behalf of the CIAM’s management. He told the colleagues about the current activity areas of the CIAM Institute, the only Russian specialized research organization carrying out complete scope of works related to advanced aircraft engine development.



Thierry Lefebvre (ONERA, France), supervisor of the regional aircraft task package, and Mark Voskuijl (Delft University, the Netherlands), supervisor of innovative configuration task package, continued the work according to the meeting agenda.


Head of optimization and approximation methods Nathalie Bartoli (ONERA, France) is talking about intermediate work results and plans for the development of a system designing future airframe configurations and propulsion.


Working sessions were run for detailed discussion of issues relating to project results and prospects, joined by experts according to their research areas.