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An optimal cost approach to aircraft structural design

Moden, D 1971, An optimal cost approach to aircraft structural design , PhD thesis, University of Salford, UK.

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Abstract

The efficiency of the structure of a civil aircraft may be gauged by the financial performance of the aircraft over its life span. In this thesis a method of structural design is proposed with the object of maximising the life-cycle profit for the airline operating the aircraft. In the formulation of the design process. original contributions have been made in various aspects of optimal cost design theory. The design process is applied to the optimisation of a specimen structure, which is representative of an idealised aircraft wing. The results of the analysis are of importance, since they indicate the manner in which the optimal configuration of a practical structure will vary with the individual characteristics of the aircraft design in which the structure is to be incorporated. The degree to which the optimisation process is degraded by those errors encountered in a practical environment is ascertained by means of sensitivity analyses.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Contributors: Walmsley, S (Supervisor)
Additional Information: PhD supervisor: Mr. S. Walmsley
Themes: Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Built and Human Environment
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2009 15:00
Last Modified: 23 May 2014 14:03
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2181

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