Parametric nacelle modelling to support structural design for engine integration

Dheeraj Agarwal, Fan Shen, Damian Quinn, Trevor T. Robinson, Declan Nolan, Adrian Murphy, Marco Geron, Frank Kirkland, Rob Fox, Jillian Gaskell, Felix Stanley, Andrew Knight

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There is a continual demand to improve the performance of aircraft, especially in terms of their cost of operation, maintenance, and environmental footprint. One of the key subsystems contributing to the competitiveness of an aircraft is the powerplant. The powerplant consists of the core engine and the set of Engine Integration Components including the inlet, fan cowl, thruster reverser unit, pylon/strut, plug and nozzle. In this research an automated tool is described which can automatically generate parametric CAD and FEM structural models of nacelle components (inlet, fan cowl, thruster reverser unit), nozzle and plug that can be integrated with different sizes of core engine models. The finite element models generated from the automated tool are connected to an existing engine model and pylon to create a whole powerplant assembly. Modal and static unit load analyses demonstrate application of the modelling capability to support rapid early-stage design studies.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 04 Oct 2023
Event8th Aircraft Structural Design Conference 2023 - Royal Aeronautical Society Headquarters, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 03 Oct 202304 Oct 2023


Conference8th Aircraft Structural Design Conference 2023
Abbreviated titleRAeS 8ASDC
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Parametric
  • Nacelle
  • Engine
  • structural analysis
  • FEM
  • CAD

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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