Accession Number : ADA181450

Title :   Microcomputer Software Support for Classes in Aircraft Conceptual Design.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Cramer,Michael L

PDF Url : ADA181450

Report Date : Mar 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 92

Abstract : The conceptual phase of aircraft design determines the general size and configuration of an aircraft. Many calculations are performed in assessing the optimum parameters. The calculations are often lengthy and iterative in nature and are thus highly appropriate for computer programming. This thesis develops a computer program to enhance learning about design by performing calculations for aircraft conceptual design which follow hand calculation methods. It is intended to be used in the aircraft design course taught by the Department of Aeronautics at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey California. The computer program written for this thesis is divided into ten chapters. Which are addressed through a commom menu called the Chapter Selection Program: 1) Introductions; 2) Preliminary Estimate of Take-off Weight; 3) Meeting Performance Requirements; 4) Aspect Ratio Optimization; 5) Wing Geometry Design; 6) Estimating Fuselage Length; 7) Tail; Design; 8) Determining Structural Weights (WS); 9) Refined Estimate of WTO Using WS; and 10) End Session.

Descriptors :   *MICROCOMPUTERS, *COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN, *COMPUTER AIDED INSTRUCTION, *COURSES(EDUCATION), AERONAUTICS, ASPECT RATIO, CALIFORNIA, COMPUTATIONS, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, FUSELAGES, GEOMETRIC FORMS, LEARNING, LENGTH, MANUAL OPERATION, NUMERICAL METHODS AND PROCEDURES, OPTIMIZATION, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), REQUIREMENTS, SELECTION, SIZES(DIMENSIONS), STRUCTURAL PROPERTIES, TAKEOFF, THESES, WEIGHT, WINGS, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, FIGHTER AIRCRAFT, ATTACK AIRCRAFT

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Computer Programming and Software
      Aircraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE