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Topology optimization of aircraft with non-conventional configurations

Eves, J., Toropov, V.V., Thompson, H.M., Gaskell, P.H., Doherty, J.J. and Harris, J. (2009) Topology optimization of aircraft with non-conventional configurations. In: 8th World Congress on Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, June 1-5 2009, Lisbon, Portugal.

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The optimal structural layouts of new aircraft configurations such as the flying wing and blended wing body (BWB) are not yet understood. These new configurations may require quite different design methods from those used conventionally and one promising alternative that is attracting increasing levels of interest is topology optimization, an approach which is significantly different from conventional approaches and valuable in applications where there is little or no collective knowledge on what an optimal structure may be. This paper proposes a new approach for using topology optimization for developing conceptual designs of an aircraft's structural layout. Its aim is to overcome some of the problems associated with the inclusion of local displacement and buckling constraints. The approach is applied to the design of a BWB UAV’s wing and is shown to offer significant advantages over a baseline design.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Topology Optimization, Aircraft Wing, Blended Wing Body
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Mechanical Engineering (Leeds) > Institute of Engineering Thermofluids, Surfaces & Interfaces (iETSI) (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Civil Engineering (Leeds)
Depositing User: Mrs Fiona Slade
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2010 13:51
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 01:18
Status: Published
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10474

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