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Aircraft Design -
an Open Educational Resource (OER)
for Hamburg Open Online University (HOOU)

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Publications and Videos about Aircraft Design and this OER

item PFLAUM, Ellen; SCHOLZ, Dieter: Aircraft Design (Flugzeugentwurf).
In: Synergie - Fachmagazin für Digitalisierung in der Lehre. Sonderband: HOOU Content Projekte 2015/16, 2017. -
*.pdf HOOU-Content-Projekte-2015-2016_AircraftDesign.pdf     Geändert am:  27 May 2017,     Größe:  839K


item FLITTA, Julia; SCHOLZ, Dieter: Aircraft Design (Entwurf von Passagierflugzeugen). - URL:
*.pdf HOOU-Poster_AircraftDesign_2016.pdf     Geändert am:  27 May 2017,     Größe:  1.6M


Aircraft Design @ HOOU - Teaser
German, English subtitles (2016)

Aircraft Design @ HOOU - Introduction

Aircraft Design @ HOOU - Interview
Prof. Scholz, German (2016)

Aircraft Design @ HOOU - Interview
Prof. Scholz, English (2016)

Subtitles? Start video, click on "YouTube", switch on Subtitles and switch to English Language there!

Watch the video The Kid and the Kite (1995). It is about the fascination of aerospace from an industrial perspective. The video is international as it works without words. Interesting is also the philosophical trailer. What do you think about it? Do you think industry can live up these statements in reality?



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Start to Learn with this Hotspot Picture

Get started with Aircraft Design by learning about the main parts of an aircraft.
Click on (+) to get a Definition of the related aircraft component and follow the links to Wikipedia and NASA to learn more.
Click on the Hotspot (+) which is up in the air in the picture for an Introduction!!!
Look at NASA's Overview of Aircraft Parts.
The picture shows an Emirates Airbus A340-300 (source).


Lecture Notes

Dieter SCHOLZ: Aircraft Design
Chapter Titel Number of Pages PDF Remarks
  Title Page 2 *.pdf  
  Contents 4 *.pdf  
1 Introduction 7 *.pdf  
2 Aircraft Design Sequence 6 *.pdf  
3 Requirements and Certification 6 *.pdf  
4 Aircraft Configurations 11 *.pdf  
5 Preliminary Sizing 32 *.pdf  
6 Fuselage Design 21 *.pdf  
7 Wing Design 43 *.pdf  
8 High Lift Systems and Maximum Lift Coefficients 21 *.pdf  
9 Empennage General Design 16 *.pdf  
10 Mass and Center of Gravity 24 *.pdf  
11 Empennage Sizing 29 *.pdf  
12 Landing Gear Conceptual Design and Integration 13 *.pdf Author: Bernd Trahmer. Password required.
13 Drag Prediction 16 *.pdf  
14 Design Evaluation / DOC 32 *.pdf  
  References 3 *.pdf  
  Sum: 286    
Appendix A Several Approaches to Drag Estimation 11 *.pdf Step 1 to the Drag Polar: Zero-lift drag from max. glide ratio, wave drag estimation, max. glide ratio estimation.
Appendix B Estimating the Oswald Factor from Basic Aircraft Geometrical Parameter 35 *.pdf Step 2 to the Drag Polar: Induced drag estimation.
  Sum, Appendix: 46    
Summary Aircraft Design in a Nutshell 25 *.pdf Please make much use of this file to get prepared for the examination.
Examination Examination in the Short Course Aircraft Design 5 *.pdf  
Solution Solution for the Examination in the Short Course Aircraft Design 19 *.pdf Please check your own results based on what is written here.

Please see the Aircraft Design page with "official pictures" of teams taking this OER as a short course.


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Test Your Aircraft Design Knowledge

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Interactive Aircraft Design with OpenVSP-Connect

ATR 72 sketched with OpenVSP NASA’s Open Vehicle Sketch Pad (OpenVSP) is easy to use, but lacks an interface to input consistent aircraft data. Such an interface has been programmed with Excel and is called OpenVSP-Connect. Aircraft are sketched from about 50 parameters.

By using all proposed or default values, the program works in "automatic mode". The calculation is then based on just two input values "cruise Mach number" and "number of passengers". Other input parameters that can be considered a fundamental design selection are: engine type, number of engines, cowling cover percentage, number of blades, wing type, wing aspect ratio, vertical position of wing (with respect to the fuselage), vertical position of the horizontal tail (with respect to the vertical tail), dorsal fin (yes/no). These parameters should be changed by the novice user to obtain some feel for aircraft design and to realize his/her first design ideas.

Please go to OpenVSP-Connect for download and further information. Find how to get started and find links to OpenVSP tutorials.

*.pdf GettingStartedWithOpenVSP-Connect.pdf     Size:  780K

OpenVSP Video Tutorials (for VSP 2):
Tutorial 1: Maneuvering Models and View Adjustment
Tutorial 2: Adding and Modifying Parts
Tutorial 3: Basic Model of an Airplane
More advanced:
Tutorial 4: Modeling a Cessna 210
Tutorial 5: Mass Properties and Aero Reference
Tutorial 6: Modeling a Cessna 210


Author: Dieter Scholz

LAST UPDATE:  02 April 2020
AUTHOR:  Prof. Dr. Scholz

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