ITU Students’ Domestic Aircraft Design Gets 3D Software Support
Oct 13, 2017

The first domestic "Very Light Aircraft - VLA" project signed on April 14, 2017 between Istanbul Technical University (ITU) and Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TAI) continues at full speed.

Leading organizations in the defense industry and aviation industries including TAI, ITU, DASSAULT SYSTEMES and CATIA gathered to sign a protocol as part of the "Independent Research Development for Very-Light Aircraft Development Project".

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With the protocol signed at the ITU Rectorate, 3D Experience Platform will provide free software support to the project’s undergraduate students for prototype aircraft designs within the framework of our country's first domestic very light aircraft production.

We put our theoretical knowledge into practice

Ayhan Tiryakioğlu, a senior student from the Aircraft Engineering Department in the Very-Light Aircraft Development Project stated the following regarding use of the software in question: “First of all, I would like to thank my colleagues, my university, and TAI for allowing me to take part in this project. This project has contributed greatly to our engineering education. First, we have seen how the theoretical knowledge we have learned in university is handled in practice. We gained knowledge about the interior and exterior design of a plane. We transformed out original ideas into design. In doing so, we have had the opportunity to try out the 3D Experience Platform, which is used in computer-aided design and manufacturing by almost all aviation and automotive industries in the world. The 3D Experience Platform enables processes to be performed in a virtual environment. This gave us a lot more options on the applicability of our designs. The platform facilitates the design, analysis and manufacture of all industrial products."

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We discovered different aspects of design

Mehmet Cihat Özer, ITU Industrial Product Design Department senior student, said that the project had been a unique experience for him. Özer said: “In this project, we found an environment where we could work together with different disciplines. This way we learned what to expect in our working lives. This was a very different experience for me. Especially the 3 months spent on the project was very productive from my point of view. We have benefited from the experience of breathing the same air as the professional designers on the team. First, we received information about the ergonomic structure and design of planes, then we gained everything we need to think creatively."

Dassault Systemes 3D Experience Platform Usage

The 3D Experience Platform software, developed by the French company Dassault Systemes, is used during the design work for the aircraft, which will be produced in the Very-Light category and which will make its first flight in April 2019. Dassault Systemes is providing 25 user licenses free of charge of the 3D Experience R2017 platform for use within this project. This was organized through Cadem A.Ş., which provides support in product development, design and engineering to its customers.