Multidisciplinary Framework for Optimization of a Wingbox

Over the past 10 years, the commercial aircraft market has seen almost a tripling in the number of players while business aircraft manufacturers around the world have filled or narrowed segment gaps with clean sheet or major derivative products. In this new reality, product differentiation is becoming extremely challenging and gaining a distinct advantage in aircraft performance, through weight in particular, is paramount. Aircrafts are composed of highly complex systems and their design puts great strain on engineers’ creativity. Existing CAD systems can help them to a certain extent; but they remain passive tools relying mainly on the engineering designer’s knowledge. Therefore, new intelligent solutions that assist engineers using design automation are highly desirable. This project aims to deliver an automated and collaborative set-up for aircraft structural definition in preliminary design, for either a metallic or a composite structure, using a best in class airframe design. The project will not only address automation and optimization of such a process, but aims to improve the definition and usage of the simulation model at the core the key disciplines involved: the global finite element model of the entire aircraft. TO BE CONT’D

Faculty Supervisor:

Mostafa El Sayed


Mostafa Abdelfattah


Bombardier Aerospace


Aerospace studies


Information and communications technologies


Carleton University



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