Accession Number : ADA294647

Title :   A Methodology for Evaluating Systems Engineering and an Approach for Exploring Its Effectiveness - Demonstrated with Case Studies of Recent Aircraft Development Efforts.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Moody, Jay A.

PDF Url : ADA294647

Report Date : 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 298

Abstract : This thesis proposes a methodology for measuring the extent to which basic systems engineering principles and practices are followed during a system development effort, as well as for measuring other characteristics of the system development process, in attempts to relate the success of the development effort to the degree of systems engineering. The approach enables the evaluation and rating of case studies, regardless of system type or size, based on figures of merit and rating criteria developed for each of five characteristics of the system development process as modeled. The scoring methodology is demonstrated using six case studies of recent commercial and military aircraft development programs, including the Boeing 777, Lockheed F-117, Northrop B-2, McDonnell Douglas C-17, Learjet Model 60, and McDonnell Douglas MD-11. The primary purpose for conducting this effort is to provide a tool to enhance systems engineering understanding and education. (AN)

Descriptors :   *SYSTEMS ENGINEERING, REQUIREMENTS, MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT, CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION, LIFE EXPECTANCY(SERVICE LIFE), VALIDATION, INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), COMPARISON, THESES, PRODUCTION ENGINEERING, CASE STUDIES, JET BOMBERS, DATA ACQUISITION, JET FIGHTERS, LIFE CYCLES, DESIGN CRITERIA, TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT, TOTAL QUALITY MANAGEMENT, SCORING, SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT, STEALTH TECHNOLOGY.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Mfg & Industrial Eng & Control of Product Sys
      Aircraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE