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Towards System of Systems Driven Urban Air Mobility Aircraft Design

Shiva Prakasha, Prajwal and Ratei, Patrick and Naeem, Nabih and Kilkis, San and Nagel, Björn (2021) Towards System of Systems Driven Urban Air Mobility Aircraft Design. Delft International Conference on Urban Air-Mobility (DICUAM) 2021, 2021-03-15 - 2021-03-17, Virtual.

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The objective of this research paper is to evaluate Urban Air Mobility (UAM) as a complex System of Systems (SoS), wherein effort is made to understand the impact of different fully electric UAM vehicle architectures and technologies. Thus, the effective fleet capability is evaluated for different success criteria of the SoS. The success of the SoS depends on how fast the passengers are transported in the UAM network. The impact of UAM vehicle architectures such as multirotor, helicopter, coaxial helicopter, compound helicopter, lift + cruise, tiltwing, and tiltrotor operated in a homogeneous fleet is evaluated. For such complex SoS, analytical methods would not suffice for understanding complex and often nonlinear interactions. A SoS framework comprising of aircraft design methods linked to an agent-based simulation is developed. The UAM vehicles are simulated for 24-hour operation, considering their architectural performance characteristics, payload, mission demands, energy consumption, and recharge before further dispatch. A large design of experiments, consisting of the aforementioned UAM vehicle architectures, technology scenarios, and also operational parameters, is executed for SoS design space exploration and sensitivity studies. While this paper demonstrates the proof of concept for the SoS framework, future work comprises of finding the optimum composition of a heterogeneous fleet for varied demand as well as network scenarios, and improving for higher fidelity aircraft design methods.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/148400/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Towards System of Systems Driven Urban Air Mobility Aircraft Design
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Shiva Prakasha, PrajwalUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5694-5538UNSPECIFIED
Ratei, PatrickUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5161-8025UNSPECIFIED
Naeem, NabihUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3144-3045UNSPECIFIED
Kilkis, SanInstitute of System Architectures in Aeronauticshttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8811-8315UNSPECIFIED
Nagel, BjörnUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8076-9853UNSPECIFIED
Date:15 March 2021
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Conceptual Aircraft Design, Fleet Assessment, Urban Air Mobility, System of Systems, Agent-Based Simulation, Sensitivity Study
Event Title:Delft International Conference on Urban Air-Mobility (DICUAM) 2021
Event Location:Virtual
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:15 March 2021
Event End Date:17 March 2021
Organizer:TU Delft
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Efficient Vehicle
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L EV - Efficient Vehicle
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Aircraft Technologies and Integration, L - Air Transport Operations and Impact Assessment, L - Digital Technologies
Location: Hamburg
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of System Architectures in Aeronautics
Deposited By: Ratei, Patrick
Deposited On:20 Jan 2022 10:22
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:46

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