Automated Methods for Aircraft Design Integrated with Manufacturing

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Aircraft design is a complex, long and iterative process that requires the use of various specialties and optimization tools. However these tools and specialities do not include manufacturing, which is often considered later in the product development process leading to higher cost and time delays. This work focuses on the development of an automated design tool that accounts for manufacture during the design process focusing on early geometry definition which in turn informs assembly planning. To accomplish this task the design process needs to be open to any variation in structural configuration while maintaining the design intent. Redefining design intent as a map which links a set of requirements to a set of functions using a numerical approach enables the design process itself to be considered as a mathematical function. This definition enables the design process to utilise captured design knowledge and translate it into a set of mathematical equations that design the structure. This process is articulated in this paper using the structural design and definition for an aircraft fuselage section as an exemplar.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 07 Oct 2014
Event4th Aircraft Structural Design Conference - Queens University, Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 07 Oct 201409 Oct 2014


Conference4th Aircraft Structural Design Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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