A Methodology for Preliminary Design of Mechanical Aircraft Systems

Paper #:
  • 975537

Published:
  • 1997-10-01
Citation:
Blessing, L. and Upton, N., "A Methodology for Preliminary Design of Mechanical Aircraft Systems," SAE Technical Paper 975537, 1997, https://doi.org/10.4271/975537.
Pages:
14
Abstract:
The aerospace industry makes widespread use of methods and tools to support the later stages of the design process, e.g. finite elements analysis and solid modelling. However, there is a lack of support for the early stages which lead up to the embodiment of design concepts. This is a distinct disadvantage because the decisions made in the early stages of the design process have a profound effect on the technical and commercial success of the product. This paper shows how a systematic approach can be taken during preliminary design of mechanical systems. The results are based on a research project involving British Aerospace and Cambridge University Engineering Design Centre during which this methodology was applied to the design of a flight refuelling probe.
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