DESIGN SUPPORT FOR ADVANCED AIR MOBILITY (AAM)
BDI’s team is at the forefront in Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) solutions for vertiport / heliport design and eVTOL testing. As the aviation industry evolves, and accessible urban air transportation becomes more of a reality, BDI makes safety a high priority.
Protective designs and materials may play an important role when it comes to downwash and the testing of motor concepts during various weather and wind conditions. Our engineers can examine airflow through the use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for particular applications and thrust impacts to various structures, vehicles, equipment or people. Safety is the main priority. Proper advanced planning saves both time and money.
Testing Enclosure Airflow Analysis
Aircraft Engine Performance Simulations
Downwash Impact Studies
“BDI’s extensive knowledge of acoustics and aerodynamics, along with an extraordinary commitment during the design and construction phases, were critical factors in the overall success of the project.”
“Users of the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport are able to successfully test aircraft inside the BDI GRE in almost all wind conditions ensuring excellent facility usability.”
“BDI honored its assumed obligations exactly and correctly with very good quality and within the time limit. I recommend BDI as a stable and correct partner, covering the high international norms and requirements for designing and building of such installations.”
“After more than ten years of service, Emirates Airline continues to be very happy with the GRE facility by BDI, which is used on a daily basis for ground run-ups.”
“We sincerely appreciate the outstanding support from Blast Deflectors, Inc. You have obviously earned your reputation over the last 50+ years of service.“
“I walked the entire depth of the parking lot behind the blast fence and there was no significant turbulence even with the engines at full power.”
“BDI was selected in a public procurement procedure based on its proven technical skills and track record, as well as consideration of its financial offer for the project.”
“The calls have pretty much disappeared since we built the GRE.”
“We could not have hoped for a better outcome—the facility not only meets our stringent state noise regulations, but it has also brought some peace and quiet to our neighborhoods.”
“The BDI team was professional, responsive and easy to work with throughout the design and construction process. The GRE facility has been in operation for years with a wide variety of aircraft types and continues to function without issue, providing a safe location for engine run-ups.”
“The CFD study by BDI gave us the data we needed to identify, quantify, and mitigate a jet blast hazard. As a result, our client was able to avoid a situation that would have severely impacted airport operations and created a public hazard.”
“BDI’s professionalism and commitment to quality, safety and schedule are nothing short of superlative.”
“The positive impact of the GRE has been immediate and significant.”
Being a “friendly neighbor” to the community and other operators creates a pleasant work environment and positive impression. Noise from helicopters or eVTOLs (as quiet as they already are) can be a nuisance to others. BDI can assist in identifying noise attenuating solutions for vertiports or testing facilities.
Our team will work with you on uniquely designed testing facilities, protective blast barriers, or noise attenuation walls for a variety of challenges.
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) consulting projects can involve the examination of operating eVTOL or helicopter aircraft to solve and analyze downwash impacts involving fluid airflow dynamics. CFD modeling techniques uses high-fidelity, three-dimensional CAD models of site configurations representing an accurate portrayal of what’s to be expected in an area and how to identify potential impacts and possible solutions.
Please visit our page for more specific information on CFD analysis.
Vertiport / Heliport Design:
Safety and security are the utmost priority for any airport or vertiport. Regulations and policies are established specifically for these reasons. Being proactive in design and construction for vertiports and helipads can save both time and money through the implementation of specific safety features. With each project being unique in their own way, BDI can recommend solutions to properly protect infrastructure and pedestrians.
Downwash protection from aircraft operations has the potential to cause significant damage to surrounding structures and equipment or injury to people. Maximum wind velocities acceptable to operational areas range between 31 mph (50 km/h) to 50 mph (80 km/h) but could still inflict harm or damage.
Vertiport / heliport operations, at any location, will include the takeoff and landing of eVTOL / helicopters, pedestrians moving to and from loading zones, employees working in the operating area, and use of a variety of equipment. The proximity of advanced air mobility operations to users should consider implementing specific safety features.
BDI has the resources and expertise to assist in evaluating solutions and providing recommendations for vertiports / heliports.
What BDI provides in professional services?
- Professional consulting services.
- CFD airflow analysis.
- Project safety recommendations.
- Product solutions for noise attenuation and/or downwash protection.
- Experienced and customer service oriented team.