Aircraft Design Projects For Engineering Students

aircraft design projects pdf

Title: Aircraft Design Projects

Author: Lloyd Jenkinson, Jim Marchman

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Description (From Book)

This book seeks to guide the student through the preliminary stages of the aircraft design process. This is done by both explaining the process itself (Chapters 1 and 2) and by providing a variety of examples of actual student design projects (Chapters 3 to 10).

The projects have been used as coursework at universities in the UK and the US. It should be noted that the project studies presented are not meant to provide a ‘fill in the blank’ template to be used by future students working on similar design problems but to provide insight into the process itself. Each design problem, regardless of how similar it may appear to an earlier aircraft design, is unique and requires a thorough and systematic investigation.

The project studies presented in this book merely serve as examples of how the design process has been followed in the past by other teams faced with the task of solving a unique problem in aircraft design. It is impossible to design aircraft without some knowledge of the fundamental theories that influence and control aircraft operations. It is not possible to include such information in this text but there are many excellent books available which are written to explain and present these theories.

A bibliography containing some of these books and other sources of information has been added to the end of the book. To understand the detailed calculations that are described in the examples it will be necessary to use the data and theories in such books. Some design textbooks do contain brief examples on how the analytical methods are applied to specific aircraft. But such studies are mainly used to support and illustrate the theories and do not take an overall view of the preliminary design process.

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The initial part of the book explains the preliminary design process. Chapter 1 briefly describes the overall process by which an aircraft is designed. It sets the preliminary design stages into the context of the total transformation from the initial request for proposal to the aircraft first flight and beyond.

Although this book only deals with the early stages of the design process, it is necessary for students to understand the subsequent stages so that decisions are taken wisely. For example, aircraft design is by its nature an iterative process.

This means that estimates and assumptions have sometimes to be made with inadequate data. Such ‘guesstimates’ must be checked when more accurate data on the aircraft is available.

Without this improvement to the fidelity of the analytical methods, subsequent design stages may be seriously jeopardized. 

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