Theses and Dissertations

Author

Qiulin Xie

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Rais-Rohani, Masoud

Committee Member

Newman, James C., Jr.

Committee Member

Eamon, Christopher D.

Date of Degree

1-1-2003

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Engineering

Department

Department of Aerospace Engineering

Abstract

This thesis discusses a methodology for probabilistic design optimization of aircraft structures subject to a multidisciplinary set of requirements originating from the desire to minimize structural weight while fulfilling the demands for quality, safety, producibility, and affordability. With this design methodology as the framework, a software is developed, which is capable of performing design optimization of metallic built-up beam structures where the material properties, external load, as well as the structural dimensions are treated as probabilistic random variables. The structural and failure analyses are based on analytical and semi-empirical methods whereas the component reliability analysis is based on advanced first-order second moment method. Metrics-based analytical models are used for the manufacturability analysis of individual parts with the total manufacturing cost estimated using models derived from the manufacturing cost / design guide developed by the Battelle¡¯s Columbus Laboratories. The resulting optimization problem is solved using the method of sequential quadratic programming. A wing spar design optimization problem is used as a demonstrative example including a comparison between non-buckling and buckling web design concepts. A sensitivity analysis is performed and the optimization results are used to highlight the tradeoffs among weight, reliability, and manufacturing cost.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/20352

Comments

manufacturing cost analysis||producibility analysis||reliability-based optimization||aircraft structural reliability||probabilistic design optimization

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