DC: A Solution for Multi-Disciplinary Simulations Using Thermal and ECLS Software 2003-01-2659
Nowadays there are many well-proved and widely used software packages for the analysis of thermal and ECLS systems for space applications. These packages tend to be difficult to work with when they have to deal with aspects related to other disciplines. It may be rather cumbersome for example to couple at run time an ECLS package and a thermal package that have to exchange variables such as interface temperatures and heat flows or to re-use thermal models in real-time spacecraft simulators to support training and operations tasks.
DC (including protocols and client/server libraries) addresses the widely discussed issue of creating multi- disciplinary and distributed applications, but focusing on the special requirements of Thermal and ECLS analysis tools used by ESA and by the European Space Industry. DC has in particular been designed as a lightweight tool that can be used by a majority of thermal and ECLS engineers and which offers a set of features to allow the creation and the execution of loosely coupled multi disciplinary and distributed applications.
This paper presents DC and some of the preliminary work that has been carried out to demonstrate its functionality and to assess the feasibility to use it for coupled simulations involving ESATAN and EcosimPro models.