Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

First Advisor

Ernest P. Smith, PhD


Current methods of aircraft conceptual design lack the ability to quickly generate detailed analysis, particularly of nontraditional designs such as blended wing body craft. This study developed a method to resolve this problem by creating a flexible, parametrically driven conceptual model in an object-oriented, adaptive modeling environment from which analysis and optimization may rapidly be performed. These object-oriented techniques are incorporated into a traditional conceptual design process. All objects inherit dependency-tracking and demand-driven calculations. Design Analysis was performed within the modeling language and utilized interfaces to other software packages. A detailed mesh, suitable for input into finite element analysis programs, was developed from the less detailed, geometric mesh created by the modeling program. The output from finite element analysis forms the basis for rapid changes in subsequent iterations of the design process. The demonstration focuses on a single parametric design model which transforms a conventional transport design into a blended wing body design. This single design is controlled by a limited - set of geometric variables and produces optimal structural weight estimations while the designer addresses volumetric and cost requirements.

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Co-authored thesis.

The authors' Vita pages are omitted.