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Rotorcraft fuselage mass assessment in early design stages

Schwinn, Dominik and Weiand, Peter and Buchwald, Michel (2021) Rotorcraft fuselage mass assessment in early design stages. CEAS Aeronautical Journal, 12 (2), pp. 307-329. Springer. doi: 10.1007/s13272-021-00492-z. ISSN 1869-5590.

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Like the design of fxed-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 mass 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 masses using statistical methods based on existing rotorcraft but also an approach to use fnite element methods that determine the structural airframe mass based on mission profles, respectively, bearable load cases.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/142209/
Document Type:Article
Title:Rotorcraft fuselage mass assessment in early design stages
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Schwinn, DominikUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2341-9632
Weiand, PeterUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0964-6225
Journal or Publication Title:CEAS Aeronautical Journal
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 307-329
Keywords:rotorcraft design; mass estimation; structural analysis; conceptual and preliminary design; fuselage sizing
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Components and Systems
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L CS - Components and Systems
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Structural Materials and Design, L - Virtual Rotorcraft and Validation
Location: Braunschweig , Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Structures and Design > Structural Integrity
Institute of Flight Systems > Rotorcraft
Deposited By: Schwinn, Dominik
Deposited On:12 May 2021 09:41
Last Modified:28 Mar 2023 23:59

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