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Design Drivers of Energy-Efficient Transport Aircraft

Journal Article
ISSN: 1946-3855, e-ISSN: 1946-3901
Published October 18, 2011 by SAE International in United States
Design Drivers of Energy-Efficient Transport Aircraft
Citation: Drela, M., "Design Drivers of Energy-Efficient Transport Aircraft," SAE Int. J. Aerosp. 4(2):602-618, 2011,
Language: English


The fuel energy consumption of subsonic air transportation is examined. The focus is on identification and quantification of fundamental engineering design tradeoffs which drive the design of subsonic tube and wing transport aircraft. The sensitivities of energy efficiency to recent and forecast technology developments are also examined.