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Framework for Initializing the Conceptual Design of Hypersonic Aircraft
ISSN: 1946-3855, e-ISSN: 1946-3901
Published January 18, 2023 by SAE International in United States
Citation: Wilson, D., Figliola, R., Strasser, W., and Camberos, J., "Framework for Initializing the Conceptual Design of Hypersonic Aircraft," SAE Int. J. Aerosp. 16(2):2023, https://doi.org/10.4271/01-16-02-0014.
To assist in initializing the conceptual design of hypersonic aircraft, we outline a new, systematic framework based on historical aircraft data and primarily composed of design data and regression models. It is a rapid, low-fidelity analysis to provide a starting point for the conceptual design process by (1) assessing the performance capabilities of four types of high-speed aircraft, (2) providing initial estimates for weights and geometry with uncertainty, and (3) exploring how changes in these affect performance within design spaces. Using this framework, an initial set of reasonable aircraft configurations is obtained based on speed, altitude, and payload requirements, which can serve to accelerate the design process and avoid unforeseen problems later in the design cycle. An example is provided to demonstrate the application of the framework to launch the conceptual design of a new hypersonic aircraft with a given set of mission requirements.