Discrete Event Simulation Applied to Aircraft Development


  • Rinaldo Piubeli Prado Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA)
  • Emilia Villani Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA)



The trend in aerospace industry is to increase product complexity, reduce costs and integrate processes along the aircraft lifecycle. Discrete event simulation provides an important support to this challenge. Discrete event simulation techniques are a flexible tool for the evaluation of solutions, comparison of productive scenarios, analysis the impact of modifications and introduction of new processes. However, the selection of the modeling method and simulation tool is not trivial. It impacts not only on the results but also on the effort required to run the simulation. In this context, this paper analyses the applicability of two modeling and simulation approaches in different phases of the aeronautical product lifecycle. It considers the use of event oriented simulation based on Petri nets and process oriented simulation, based on the commercial tool QUEST.


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Author Biographies

Rinaldo Piubeli Prado, Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA)

Mr. Rinaldo Piubeli Prado holds a BSc Degree in Materials Engineering and a MSc Degree in Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering. Over the past 10 years, he has worked for the Brazilian aircraft industry. Nowdays, he is also professor in ETEP Faculdades.

Emilia Villani, Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA)

Dr. Emilia Villani is professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Aeronautics Institute of Technology, Brazil. She graduated in Mechatronics Engineering at University of São Paulo. She holds a MSc Degree and a PhD in Mechatronics Engineering. From 2008 to 2010 she was chair of the Industrial Automation Committee of Brazilian Automatics Society (Sociedade Brasileira de Automática - SBA) and Associated Editor of Revista Controle & Automação (journal of the Brazilian Automatics Society). Her research and teaching are in the

development and application of discrete event modeling and verification techniques to mechatronics and aerospace system.


How to Cite

Prado, R. P., & Villani, E. (2011). Discrete Event Simulation Applied to Aircraft Development. Brazilian Journal of Operations & Production Management, 7(2), 131–152. Retrieved from https://bjopm.org.br/bjopm/article/view/V7N2A7_