University of Hertfordshire

Interactive Aircraft Design for Undergraduate Teaching

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  • Omran Al-Shamma
  • Rashid Ali
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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApplied Aerodynamic Conference
Subtitle of host publicationModelling & Simulation in the Aerodynamic Design Process
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherRoyal Aeronautical Society
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)1 85768 315 3
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jul 2012
EventApplied Aerodynamic Conference - Bristol, United Kingdom
Duration: 17 Jul 201219 Jul 2012


ConferenceApplied Aerodynamic Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom


This paper presents new software package developed for Aircraft Design. It is intended primarily to be used for undergraduate teaching. The software does everything that is needed in preliminary design environment. It is able to predict the empty and maximum takeoff weights to an accuracy of better than 5%. The performance data computed by the software agrees very favourably with the published data of Airbus and Boeing aircraft, for a wide range of flight conditions. An interactive interface to the USAF DATCOM has also been developed to provide estimation of aircraft stability derivatives which can be used in flight simulation work to investigate the dynamic behaviour of the aircraft design under consideration.

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