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Advances in Aircraft and Spacecraft Science
  Volume 2, Number 1, January 2015 , pages 17-44

Development of a multidisciplinary design optimization framework for an efficient supersonic air vehicle
Darcy L. Allison, Craig C. Morris, Joseph A. Schetz, Rakesh K. Kapania, Layne T. Watson and Joshua D. Deaton

    A modular multidisciplinary analysis and optimization framework has been built with the goal of performing conceptual design of an advanced efficient supersonic air vehicle. This paper addresses the specific challenge of designing this type of aircraft for a long range, supersonic cruise mission with a payload release. The framework includes all the disciplines expected for multidisciplinary supersonic aircraft design, although it also includes disciplines specifically required by an advanced aircraft that is tailless and has embedded engines. Several disciplines have been developed at multifidelity levels. The framework can be readily adapted to the conceptual design of other supersonic aircraft. Favorable results obtained from running the analysis framework for a B-58 supersonic bomber test case are presented as a validation of the methods employed.
Key Words
    aircraft design; multidisciplinary design optimization; supersonic air vehicle; conceptual design; embedded engine and airframe integration
Darcy L. Allison, Craig C. Morris, Joseph A. Schetz, Rakesh K. Kapania: Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 24061, USA
Layne T. Watson: Department of Computer Science and Mathematics, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 24061, USA
Joshua D. Deaton: Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Wright State University, Dayton, OH, 45435, USA

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