Saturday, January 12, 2019

Aircraft Design: Synthesis and Analysis

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This material is based on course notes for the class AA241A and B, a graduate level course in aircraft design at Stanford University. The course involves individual aircraft design projects with problem sets and lectures devoted to various aspects of the design and analysis of a complete aerospace system. Students select a particular type of aircraft to be designed and, in two academic quarters, define the configuration using methods similar to those used in the aircraft industry for preliminary design work. Together with the vehicle definition and analysis, basic principles of applied aerodynamics, structures, controls, and system integration, applicable to many types of aerospace problems are discussed. The objective of the course is to present the fundamental elements of these topics, showing how they are applied in a practical design.

0. Preface
1. Introduction
2. The Design
3. Fuselage Layout
4. Drag
5. Airfoils
6. Wing Design
7. High-Lift Systems
8. Stability and Control
9. Propulsion
10. Structure and Weights
11. Performance Estimation
13. Cost
14. Optimization and Trade Studies
15. Aircraft Subsystems
16. Appendices

Author Details
"Ilan Kroo" is a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University. He received a degree in Physics from Stanford in 1978, then continued graduate studies in Aeronautics, leading to a Ph.D. degree in 1983. He worked in the Advanced Aerodynamic Concepts Branch at NASA's Ames Research Center then returned to Stanford as a member of the Aero/Astro faculty. Prof. Kroo's research in aerodynamics and aircraft design has focussed on the study of innovative airplane concepts and multidisciplinary optimization.

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