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CPACS - Common Parametric Aircraft Configuration Schema
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The Common Parametric Aircraft Configuration Schema (CPACS) is a data definition for the air transportation system. CPACS enables engineers to exchange information between their tools. It is therefore a driver for multi-disciplinary and multi-fidelity design in distributed environments. CPACS describes the characteristics of aircraft, rotorcraft, engines, climate impact, fleets and mission in a structured, hierarchical manner. Not only product but also process information is stored in CPACS. The process information helps in setting up workflows for analysis modules. Due to the fact that CPACS follows a central model approach, the number of interfaces is reduced to a minimum

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CPACS Homepage

There is now a webpage for CPACS related content where new developments, releases and other related projects are presented. Checkout the available content at

CPACS Tutorial Video: How-to Create a Wing

Have a look at our first tutorial video for CPACS. It explains to you the creation on a wing in CPACS. Thanks to Till and Erwin for their work!


Further Information about CPACS development is available in here

Cite & Acknowledge

CPACS is available as Open Source and we encourage anyone to make use of it. If you are applying CPACS in a scientific environment and publish any related work, please cite the following artice:

B. Nagel, D. Böhnke, V. Gollnick, P. Schmollgruber, A. Rizzi, G. La Rocca, J.J. Alonso, Communication in Aircraft Design: Can we establish a Common Language?, 28th International Congress of the Aeronautical Sciences, Brisbane, Australia, 2012.

For more publications concerning CPACS, we provide the follwing link to Google Scholar.

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