Pacelab APD Supports the Energy Optimized Aircraft

PACE America teams with Georgia Tech's ASDL to deliver important architectural systems development and optimization capability for the aerospace industry

Systems architecture design with Pacelab APD
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The Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL) at the Georgia Institute of Technology has completed another phase of an aircraft-level investigation project for energy optimized aircraft and equipment systems utilizing Pacelab APD. The conceptual aircraft design tool developed by leading knowledge based engineering software provider PACE supports the modeling, synthesis and analysis of diverse aircraft configurations.

Pacelab APD’s core functionality was easily extended by the GA Tech research team to include customized functionality for the design of aircraft systems architectures. The ASDL Grand Challenge project focused on improved methodologies for modeling the installation and use of more electric components within commercial airframe sub-systems and analyzing the impact on weight, energy use, and vehicle performance. The project was in direct support of the AIAA program committee for the Energy Optimized Aircraft and Equipment Systems (EOASys).

EOASys is also complementary to the Air Force’s Integrated Vehicle Energy Technology (INVENT) program whose mission is minimize energy and maximize mission capability through the use of more advanced hybrid electric systems.

“With commitment and excellent local support from PACE America, the Pacelab APD software has enabled our graduate research team to bring forward a unique and much needed capability for rapidly modeling air vehicle sub-system architectures in the power systems domain,” states Dr. Dimitri Mavris, ASDL director and Boeing Professor of Advanced Aerospace Systems Analysis in Georgia Tech's School of Aerospace Engineering.

“This has tremendous potential to help our aerospace customers to quickly evaluate sub-system architectures that affect things like energy flow and waste throughout the vehicle. Additionally, this capability will drive a deeper understanding of how placement of critical components within candidate architectures can be optimized with regards to thermal issues, sizing, mission performance or failure modes in conventional or non-vehicles like UAS,” states Glenn Reis, a PACE America executive.

In a continuing effort to raise industry awareness of this important capability, PACE America will be presenting a series of technical webinars focusing on systems architectural development and its application for commercial aircraft and unmanned aerial systems (UAS). As part of this series, guest speaker John Nairus, Chief Engineer of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Propulsion Directorate, will present AFRL’s INVENT program for the development of the energy optimized aircraft. Interested parties can register on the company website


About the Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory:
The Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL) is one of the U.S. premier centers for the development and application of advanced design methods for complex systems. Research is divided in the categories design applications, design methods and design processes. More information on ASDL is available on the Internet at

About EOASys:
The EOASYS Program Committee focuses on the promotion of a better understanding of the technical issues behind Energy Optimized Aircraft and Aircraft Equipment Systems, from concept development to vehicle production and entire life-cycle issues. More information on EOASys is available on the Internet at

About the Air Force Research Laboratory and the INVENT program:
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is a full-spectrum laboratory, responsible for planning and executing the Air Force' science and technology program. The Integrated Vehicle and Energy Technology (INVENT) program builds on the last two decades’ research that was known collectively as the more electric aircraft (MWA) and pays attention to addressing two of the greatest challenges in developing electrical systems: The issue of thermal management and the issue of the transients created when electrical signals are applied and removed in the operation of an aircraft system. More information on AFRL and INVENT is available on the Internet at
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