Theses and Dissertations


Qiulin Xie

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Rais-Rohani, Masoud

Committee Member

Newman, James C., Jr.

Committee Member

Eamon, Christopher D.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Aerospace Engineering


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.



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