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Date of Award

Spring 2008

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering

Department

Aerospace Engineering

Committee Chair

Dr. Richard Pat Anderson

Committee Member

Professor Charles Eastlake

Committee Member

Dr. Reda Mankbadi

Abstract

An integrated aerodynamic optimization technique based on vortex lattice theory is being proposed. The technique in this work will aim at optimizing the geometric parameters of a general wing with NACA 65-210 airfoil sections under a low speed aerodynamic regime. This will be completed by performing an aerodynamic analysis based on vortex lattice theory with the objective of satisfying a performance index function. This function will seek to optimize the high lift-to-drag ratio of the wing at cruise velocity, while maximizing theoretical cruise range and minimizing wing weight. The optimization method has been developed using MATLAB and the focus of the study will be used by Cirrus Design Corporation and implemented under the panel method software SURFACES as an optimization tool.

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