Chapter 3

Aircraft Conceptual Design

 

Table of Contents

Chapter 3. 1

Aircraft Conceptual Design. 1

3.1. Introduction. 1

3.2. Primary Functions of Aircraft Components. 3

3.3. Aircraft Configuration Alternatives. 5

3.3.1. Wing Configuration. 6

3.3.2. Tail Configuration. 7

3.3.3. Propulsion System Configuration. 7

3.3.4. Landing Gear Configuration. 8

3.3.5. Fuselage Configuration. 9

3.3.6. Manufacturing-Related Items Configuration. 10

3.3.7. Subsystems Configuration. 10

3.4. Aircraft Classification and Design Constraints. 13

3.5. Configuration Selection Process and Trade-Off Analysis. 18

3.6. Conceptual Design Optimization. 25

3.6.1. Mathematical Tools. 25

3.6.2. Methodology. 28

Problems. 37

References. 42