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Multi-Fidelity Design Optimization of a Long-Range Blended Wing Body Aircraft with New Airframe Technologies

by Stanislav Karpuk 1,*, Yaolong Liu 2,* and Ali Elham 1,*
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Institute of Aircraft Design and Lightweight Structures, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Hermann-Blenk-Straße 35, 38108 Braunschweig, Germany
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School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310018, China
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Aerospace 2020, 7(7), 87; https://doi.org/10.3390/aerospace7070087
Received: 8 April 2020 / Revised: 15 June 2020 / Accepted: 26 June 2020 / Published: 30 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Aircraft Design (SI-2/2020) )
The German Cluster of Excellence SE²A (Sustainable and Energy Efficient Aviation) is established in order to investigate the influence of game-changing technologies on the energy efficiency of future transport aircraft. In this paper, the preliminary investigation of the four game-changing technologies active flow control, active load alleviation, boundary layer ingestion, and novel materials and structure concepts on the performance of a long-range Blended Wing Body (BWB) aircraft is presented. The BWB that was equipped with the mentioned technologies was designed and optimized using the multi-fidelity aircraft design code SUAVE with a connection to the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) code SU2. The conceptual design of the BWB aircraft is performed within the SUAVE framework, where the influence of the new technologies is investigated. In the second step, the initially designed BWB aircraft is improved by an aerodynamic shape optimization while using the SU2 CFD code. In the third step, the performance of the optimized aircraft is evaluated again using the SUAVE code. The results showed more than 60% reduction in the aircraft fuel burn when compared to the Boeing 777. View Full-Text
Keywords: aircraft design; aerodynamics; aerodynamic design optimization; blended wing body; new airframe technologies aircraft design; aerodynamics; aerodynamic design optimization; blended wing body; new airframe technologies
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Karpuk, S.; Liu, Y.; Elham, A. Multi-Fidelity Design Optimization of a Long-Range Blended Wing Body Aircraft with New Airframe Technologies. Aerospace 2020, 7, 87.

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