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KU Aerospace Short Course Program

Airplane Sizing (live online course)

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Course Schedule

This course is delivered via live sessions on the following dates: October 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 & 26, 2017 (8 sessions), 11:00 a.m - 12:30 p.m CT.

Early registration course fee: $1,395 if you register and pay by August 19, 2017

Regular registration course fee: $1,495 if you register and pay after August 19, 2017

 

Description

This course provides an overview of the fixed-wing airplane sizing process. It is applicable to jet transport, turboprop commuter transport, military (trainers, fighter bomber, UAV) and general aviation aircraft. The design process covers sizing (weight, wing area, thrust/power), drag, high lift device sizing, weight and balance, stability and control and geometry. Numerous examples are shown, and lessons learned and “what to watch out for” are discussed. Please note: If you prefer a more in-depth course on this subject matter, please review this instructor's course: Airplane Preliminary Design.


The course fee includes instruction and course materials. This course is delivered via Blackboard®, KU's online course hosting platform. Course materials will be sent to you approximately two weeks prior to the start of the course. You will not be given access to Blackboard® or be sent the course materials until KU has received payment for the course. The course notes are for participants only and are not for sale.

**U.S. Federal Employee Discount: This course is available to federal employees at a 10% off the registration fee. To receive the federal employee discount, enter the code fgvt116 when registering. Please note that you must validate your eligibility to receive this discount by entering your U.S. government email address ending with .gov or .mil.

Highlights

  • Introduction to airplane design: flowchart of the design process
  • Review of drag polar breakdown for subsonic and supersonic airplanes, rapid method for drag polar prediction, check of drag polar realism
  • Two airplanes: same mission, different design: comparison of the Boeing B-47 with the B2 Vulcan
  • Preliminary sizing of airplane take-off weight, empty weight and fuel weight for a given mission specification: applications; sensitivity of take-off weight to changes in payload, empty weight, range, endurance, lift-to-drag ratio and specific fuel consumption; role of sensitivity analyses in directing program-oriented research and development: applications
  • Performance constraint analyses: relation between wing loading and thrust-to-weight ratio (or wing loading and weight-to-power ratio) for the following cases: stall speed, take-off field length and landing field length, statistical method for estimating preliminary drag polars, review and effect of airworthiness regulations; relation between wing loading and thrust-to-weight ratio (or wing loading and weight-to-power ratio) for the following cases: climb and climb rate (AEO and OEI), cruise speed and maneuvering; the matching of all performance constraints and preliminary selection of wing area and thrust required: applications
  • Preliminary configuration selection; what drives unique (advanced) configurations? Discussion of conventional, canard and three-surface configurations; fundamentals of configuration design
  • Preliminary Design Sequence:
    • Fuselage/cockpit
    • Type of propulsion
    • Wing planform
    • Type, size and disposition of high lift devices
    • Layout of empennage (horizontal tail, canard, V-tail, vertical tail sizing)
    • Type of landing gear
    • Preliminary drawing (CAD)
    • Class I weight and balance including loading diagram
    • Class I stability and control
    • Class I moment of inertia estimate
  • Example airplane sizing exercise using Advanced Aircraft Analysis (AAA)

Who Should Attend?

Aeronautical engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers needing to learn more about design. Pilots with some engineering background, government research laboratory personnel, engineering managers and educators.

Times / CEUs

14.00 classroom hours
1.400 CEUs

Certificate Track

Aircraft Design

Learning Objectives

  • How to perform initial design of an airplane
  • Sizing of lifting surfaces, engine size, high-lift devices
  • Weight & balance

Course Outline

  • Introduction to airplane design: flowchart of the design process
  • Review of drag polar breakdown for subsonic and supersonic airplanes, rapid method for drag polar prediction, check of drag polar realism
  • Two airplanes: same mission, different design: comparison of the Boeing B-47 with the B2 Vulcan
  • Preliminary sizing of airplane take-off weight, empty weight and fuel weight for a given mission specification: applications; sensitivity of take-off weight to changes in payload, empty weight, range, endurance, lift-to-drag ratio and specific fuel consumption; role of sensitivity analyses in directing program-oriented research and development: applications
  • Performance constraint analyses: relation between wing loading and thrust-to-weight ratio (or wing loading and weight-to-power ratio) for the following cases: stall speed, take-off field length and landing field length, statistical method for estimating preliminary drag polars, review and effect of airworthiness regulations; relation between wing loading and thrust-to-weight ratio (or wing loading and weight-to-power ratio) for the following cases: climb and climb rate (AEO and OEI), cruise speed and maneuvering; the matching of all performance constraints and preliminary selection of wing area and thrust required: applications
  • Preliminary configuration selection; what drives unique (advanced) configurations? Discussion of conventional, canard and three-surface configurations; fundamentals of configuration design
  • Preliminary Design Sequence:
    • Fuselage/cockpit
    • Type of propulsion
    • Wing planform
    • Type, size and disposition of high lift devices
    • Layout of empennage (horizontal tail, canard, V-tail, vertical tail sizing)
    • Type of landing gear
    • Preliminary drawing (CAD)
    • Class I weight and balance including loading diagram
    • Class I stability and control
    • Class I moment of inertia estimate
  • Example airplane sizing exercise using Advanced Aircraft Analysis (AAA)




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