Optimizing the Benefit of Virtual Testing With a Process-Oriented Approach

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  • 2017-01-2114

Published:
  • 2017-09-19
Abstract:
In the aerospace industry, virtual test techniques cover an increasing range of test executions carried out during the development and test process. Over the last years, most companies focused on questions regarding the evaluation and implementation of virtual test techniques. However, in recent times it has become more and more important to seamlessly integrate the virtual test approach into the overall process. For instance, the test strategy might stipulate a combination of different techniques, for example, SIL and HIL, in order to benefit from the advantages of both techniques in the same test process. In this case, efforts concentrate on the optimization of the overall process from test specification to test execution as well as the test result evaluation and its alignment with virtual testing techniques. Furthermore, software tools have to fit this approach and the related toolchain has to be adaptable to be used for different test techniques in various applications that have different users. This contribution to the SAE 2017 AeroTech Congress & Exhibition introduces an exemplary test process and describes how to optimize the benefits of virtual testing. In order to coordinate and manage these processes, all test and simulation data is stored centrally using a data and test management tool that reduces complexity for an improved overview. Examples from real projects will illustrate this process-oriented approach.
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