Special Issue "Air Vehicle Design: Environment, Innovations and Disruption"

A special issue of Designs (ISSN 2411-9660).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ioannis Giannopoulos
Guest Editor
School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, Building 83, Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedfordshire MK43 0AL, UK
Interests: aircraft structural analysis and design; aerospace and the environment; high-value design
Prof. Dr. Howard Smith
Guest Editor
School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, Building 83, Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedfordshire MK43 0AL, UK
Interests: aircraft advanced concepts design; aerospace and the environment; high-value design

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Air vehicle design has evolved a great deal since its conception, and will continue to do so at ever accelerating rate over the coming years. The major drivers behind aircraft design evolution to date have been the commercialization of flight and accessibility to the public, operational optimization and performance increases, as well as safety.

However, it is clear that climate change has now come to the forefront as the key driver in aircraft design. Efforts are being made to drastically reduce CO2 aviation emissions to help control global CO2 levels. Similarly, local emissions, such as Nox; unburnt hydrocarbons; and, last but not least, noise need to be reduced in proximity to airports. Improvements to the internal passenger environment are also desirable. Finally, the sustainability of aviation needs addressing. This includes manufacturing processes and materials, in addition to fuels.

The aforementioned drivers will undoubtedly result in a wide variety of new concepts and technologies, such as electrification and alternate fuels, being integrated into aircraft designs. However, beyond this, we are starting to see disruptive technologies starting to break through. Concepts such as urban air mobility in combination with autonomy may radically change the face of aviation.

The design of an air vehicle is a multidisciplinary design process, where different specializations fuse to create tangible solutions. The current Special Issue will focus on air vehicle innovation with regard to the mitigation of aviation’s environmental impact. Disruptive technologies that may contribute to the aim of improving aviation are also of key interest. More specifically, manuscript submissions in the areas mentioned below are highly encouraged.

Dr. Ioannis Giannopoulos
Prof. Dr. Howard Smith
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Novel aircraft conceptual configurations, advances in aircraft aerodynamics and aircraft performance
  • Application of disruptive concepts configuration and technologies in aviation
  • Flight mechanics, avionics, navigation and air traffic management
  • Advances in the application/integration of advanced/novel airframe materials, structures and systems
  • Application of alternative fuels and alternative propulsion systems
  • Advances in manufacturing processes and systems employed in the aerospace sector.

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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