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Workshop on Collaborative Aircraft Design using the CPACS Standard

June 13 @ 09:00 June 14 @ 16:00



Attention: Please observe the new workshop/course date 13-14th June 2022!

Update: Registration is open now! (link)


SARC is proud to offer this Workshop in Collaboration with DLR (ZAL, Hamburg)



Targets such as climate neutral aviation require a more holistic perspective on aircraft design as well as the integration of revolutionary technologies. Thus, it is necessary to extend the state-of-the-art aircraft design tools by additional and sometimes higher fidelity simulations. To master the soaring challenge of interfacing heterogeneous simulation codes, the data model CPACS (Common Parametric Aircraft Configuration Scheme) has been developed.

CPACS is an open-source XML scheme which enables to describe aircraft in a standardized way. Hence, it serves as a common language between all disciplinary analysis tools. The objective of CPACS is simplicity and ease of use while enabling a versatile description of any air vehicle and at the same time permitting to link all disciplines up to an elaborated level of fidelity for pre-design and multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO).

The development of CPACS started in 2003 at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in collaboration with Airbus. The first operative version was published under open source license in 2012. Today, CPACS and dedicated technologies are work horse at DLR and some EU projects such as AGILE4.0 or the CS2 Technology Evaluator. The approach has proven to be very beneficial in particular for collaborative research and development when partners join forces by sharing tools and capabilities.

The Workshop

The goal of this workshop is to introduce participants to CPACS-based design technologies, such as the data model itself and the fully open-source software components, as well as to gain hands-on experience. The last section of the workshop will be dedicated to link own software to the CPACS data model. The workshop will cover the following software components:

  • CPACS: XML scheme for describing aircraft.
  • TIXI / TIGL: Software libraries for handling CPACS files and for geometry operations based on the open-source CAD kernel Open Cascade (incl. IGES/STEP export).
  • RCE: Remote Component Environment to integrate multiple software tools in one (decentralized) environment and to compose MDO workflows.
  • openAD: Conceptual aircraft design tool for instancing new aircraft models in CPACS format and to converge results on overall aircraft design level in variable fidelity MDO.


The workshop will be held at Linköping University.


Workshop will be held on 13th and 14th of June 2022 (whole day event).

On Wednesday 2022-05-18 at 10:30-12:00, there will be an Online Preparation meeting focusing on the installation of the software needed for the course and discussion on the course expectation of the participants. This meeting will be recorded and made available for the participants.

Participation is free of charge.

Course registration is required! 


Please register here (link)!


  • Who should attend?
    Engineers working hands-on in the field of aircraft pre-design  and multidisciplinary optimization which are interested in exchanging tools, services, and/or results.
  • What next after this workshop?
    The ICAS Digital Pioneering Initiative will organize a workshop 1st-3rd of September 2022 in Stockholm for exchanging knowledge represented in tools and data. The CPACS system is an enabler for efficient teaming up. Similar activities are planned for the upcoming CEAS conferences starting 2023.



June 13 @ 09:00
June 14 @ 16:00
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