The Supersonic Airplane: Reborn with CAD & BIM

When it comes to a $200 million airplane, the usefulness of CAD and BIM extends well beyond the design phase.


American Airlines has already placed a non-refundable deposit on 20 aircraft with an option to buy another 40. There’s clearly a great deal of confidence in this project. But why? What’s made the difference?

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Back to the Future

While traveling aboard the Concorde was undeniably prestigious, prestige didn’t pay the bills.

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Back in the 1950s when supersonic flight studies began, and all the way through to Concorde’s first flight in 1969, the only reliable way to test something was to build it and then give it a whirl to see if it worked. A massively expensive exercise, it was the prime reason more attempts at supersonic commercial aircraft weren’t made.

Fast forward to the 2020s, and technological progress now allows for reliable virtual testing, an option previously unavailable to aviation designers and engineers. And it shaves millions of dollars off the cost of bringing something to market.

Per, “One of the advantages of modern engineering development tools such as model-based design, computational fluid dynamics, and advanced simulation is that they allow smaller firms to replace complex and expensive physical testing with high-reliability virtual models. And those models can be validated to give customers like American Airlines confidence that they can order off the drawing board and get airliners that meet performance specifications.”

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