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Aerial Refueling

SDI has a history of supporting the US Navy in aerial refueling modeling, simulation, design, analysis, and testing since 2009. 
Our aerial refueling involvement has included probe design modifications, hose simulation and design optimization and component analysis, including engagement mechanism, drum and reeling mechanism, and the MA-3 fuel valve. 
The company is currently developing new design options for a modern, structurally optimized hose that will also improve stowage capacity to allow for longer hoses or lower weight refueling pods.


Why Work With SDI 

  • Modeling, simulation, analysis, design and testing expertise in aerial refueling hose and drogue systems including:

    • Probe

    • Hose

    • Drogue

    • Reeling mechanism

    • Engagement mechanism

    • Fuel valve

  • Proprietary aerial refueling software, ARES, provides realistic hose whip simulation and prediction and accurate prediction of loads on refueling hose, hose reel, drogue and probe during normal operation and failure cases.

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Our Software Solution

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SDI Engineering has developed an aerial refueling modeling and simulation tool using multi-body dynamics methods in MATLAB, Simulink, and Simscape Multibody.   

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