Multidisciplinary Design Optimization of a Strut-Braced Wing Aircraft
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To perform this study, a suite of approximate analysis tools was assembled into a complete, conceptual-level MDO code. A typical mission profile of the Boeing 777-200IGW was chosen as the design mission profile. This transport carries 305 passengers in mixed class seating at a cruise Mach number of 0.85 over a range of 7,380 nmi.
Several single-strut configurations were optimized for minimum takeoff gross weight, using eighteen design variables and seven constraints. The best single-strut configuration shows a 15% savings in takeoff gross weight, 29% savings in fuel weight, 28% increase in L/D, and a 41% increase in seat-miles per gallon relative to a comparable cantilever wing configuration.
In addition to the MDO work, we have proposed some innovative, unconventional arch-braced and ellipse-braced concepts. A plastic solid model of one of the novel configurations was created using the I-DEAS solid modeling software and rapid prototyping hardware.
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