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Aircraft aerodynamic design: geometry and optimization

Aircraft aerodynamic design: geometry and optimization
Aircraft aerodynamic design: geometry and optimization
Optimal aircraft design is impossible without a parametric representation of the geometry of the airframe. We need a mathematical model equipped with a set of controls, or design variables, which generates different candidate airframe shapes in response to changes in the values of these variables. This model's objectives are to be flexible and concise, and capable of yielding a wide range of shapes with a minimum number of design variables. Moreover, the process of converting these variables into aircraft geometries must be robust. Alas, flexibility, conciseness and robustness can seldom be achieved simultaneously.

Aircraft Aerodynamic Design: Geometry and Optimization addresses this problem by navigating the subtle trade-offs between the competing objectives of geometry parameterization. It beginswith the fundamentals of geometry-centred aircraft design, followed by a review of the building blocks of computational geometries, the curve and surface formulations at the heart of aircraft geometry. The authors then cover a range of legacy formulations in the build-up towards a discussion of the most flexible shape models used in aerodynamic design (with a focus on lift generating surfaces). The book takes a practical approach and includes MATLAB®, Python and Rhinoceros® code, as well as ‘real-life’ example case studies
978-0-470-66257-1
Wiley
Sobester, Andras
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Forrester, Alexander
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Sobester, Andras
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Forrester, Alexander
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Sobester, Andras and Forrester, Alexander (2014) Aircraft aerodynamic design: geometry and optimization , Chichester, GB. Wiley, 262pp.

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Optimal aircraft design is impossible without a parametric representation of the geometry of the airframe. We need a mathematical model equipped with a set of controls, or design variables, which generates different candidate airframe shapes in response to changes in the values of these variables. This model's objectives are to be flexible and concise, and capable of yielding a wide range of shapes with a minimum number of design variables. Moreover, the process of converting these variables into aircraft geometries must be robust. Alas, flexibility, conciseness and robustness can seldom be achieved simultaneously.

Aircraft Aerodynamic Design: Geometry and Optimization addresses this problem by navigating the subtle trade-offs between the competing objectives of geometry parameterization. It beginswith the fundamentals of geometry-centred aircraft design, followed by a review of the building blocks of computational geometries, the curve and surface formulations at the heart of aircraft geometry. The authors then cover a range of legacy formulations in the build-up towards a discussion of the most flexible shape models used in aerodynamic design (with a focus on lift generating surfaces). The book takes a practical approach and includes MATLAB®, Python and Rhinoceros® code, as well as ‘real-life’ example case studies

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Published date: November 2014
Organisations: Computational Engineering & Design Group

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Local EPrints ID: 384428
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/384428
ISBN: 978-0-470-66257-1
PURE UUID: fffe0e7e-6f91-49cb-8393-da6c784d3b9b
ORCID for Andras Sobester: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8997-4375

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Last modified: 17 Dec 2019 01:50

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