Representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), all of the major aircraft original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), seating manufacturers, and simulation tool providers converged on the “Home of the Blues and the Birthplace of Rock ’n Roll” – Memphis, Tennessee, September 16-19, 2014, for the SAE Aircraft Seat Committee meetings and FAA Certification by Analysis Workshop.
During the conference, I was able to experience firsthand how trends in simulation are shaking up the process of designing seats for aircrafts. Using simulation tools for virtual testing of automotive seats and occupant safety, an aircraft seat designer can be confident that his or her design will withstand the physical certification tests. Expensive in terms of both cost and time, physical certification testing is the main approach for seat certification. The Seat Committee is working to establish guidelines and methods so that more seats may be principally certified via simulation analysis, with very limited physical testing. Altair has been heavily involved in the committee discussions revolving around the certification of aircraft seating using simulation. Several seat manufacturers indicate that they are ready to move forward with submitting their simulation analysis reports for certification. In addition, major OEMs are interested in seeing the how this capability delivers better seats in a fraction of the time.
Read more on the SAE Seat Committee activities and standards documentation.