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Rotorcraft Fuselage Weight Assessment in Early Design Stages

Schwinn, Dominik and Weiand, Peter and Buchwald, Michel and Schmid, Matthias (2018) Rotorcraft Fuselage Weight Assessment in Early Design Stages. Deutscher Luft- und Raumfahrtkongress, 04.-06. Sep. 2018, Friedrichshafen, Deutschland.

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Like the design of fixed-wing aircraft the design of rotorcraft is generally divided into the three consecutive phases of conceptual, preliminary and detailed design. During each phase the acquired results in turn serve as input for new calculations, thus increasing the detail level and information about the new concept while uncertainties about the new design are reduced. An important aspect of the overall design process is the weight estimation in early design stages. The weight of the rotorcraft drives the design of many important components, such as the rotor(s), the propulsion system and, therefore, the required fuel. The fuselage is considered as the central structural part since it connects all other components to each other and serves as protection of the occupants but in the past it often turned out to also be the heaviest part of all rotorcraft components. This paper shows an approach to estimate rotorcraft component weights using statistical methods based on existing rotorcraft but also an approach to use finite element methods that determine the structural airframe weight based on mission profiles respectively bearable load cases.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/121834/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Additional Information:This conference article is a preprint of an article published in the CEAS Aeronautical Journal. The final peer-reviewed version of this article has been published open-access (CC BY 4.0) and is available online at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13272-021-00492-z.
Title:Rotorcraft Fuselage Weight Assessment in Early Design Stages
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Schwinn, DominikUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2341-9632UNSPECIFIED
Weiand, PeterUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0964-6225UNSPECIFIED
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:rotorcraft design; weight estimation; structural analysis; conceptual and preliminary design; fuselage sizing
Event Title:Deutscher Luft- und Raumfahrtkongress
Event Location:Friedrichshafen, Deutschland
Event Type:national Conference
Event Dates:04.-06. Sep. 2018
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:fixed-wing aircraft
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AR - Aircraft Research
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Structures and Materials (old), L - The Innovative Rotorcraft (old)
Location: Braunschweig , Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Structures and Design > Structural Integrity
Institute of Flight Systems > Rotorcraft
Institute for Aerodynamics and Flow Technology > Helicopter, BS
Deposited By: Schwinn, Dominik
Deposited On:15 Nov 2018 10:33
Last Modified:29 Mar 2023 00:38

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