Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Systems Engineering and Management
Amy M. Cox, PhD
Airworthiness is a process of certifying that an aircraft can be safety operated within specified bounds. This process is essential to ensuring the safety of the aircraft, its personnel, and the surrounding assets. A Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) approach can be utilized as a method to improve the airworthiness process. MBSE is the methodology of creating and utilizing domain models as a means of exchanging and presenting information for a wide variety of disciplines to understand and replacing previous document-based exchange. The objective of this research is to develop a reference architecture with a MBSE approach to perform the airworthiness process loop. The model developed features a system model, stores airworthiness requirements and flight test data, performs analysis, and uses analysis outputs to satisfy and verify airworthiness requirements. The reference architecture was applied to a Dolphin helicopter in hover and takeoff conditions to demonstrate the effectiveness. The results of the demonstration provide a proof of concept for the successful implementation of an MBSE approach to the airworthiness certification process.
DTIC Accession Number
Bethel, Bretton M., "Model Based Systems Engineering Demonstrator for Air Worthiness with Performance Data of Department of Defense Rotorcraft" (2021). Theses and Dissertations. 4939.