Colloquium: Pieter-Jan Proesmans (FPP)

13 december 2019 13:30 - Locatie: Lecture Room C, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Kluyverweg 1, Delft

Preliminary Propulsion System Design and Integration for a Box-Wing Aircraft Configuration

The design and integration of the propulsion system is known to be an interesting, multi-disciplinary
challenge in aircraft design projects. Especially for new aircraft configurations, it is important to gain a lot of
knowledge in the preliminary design stages. An example of such an unconventional configuration is the boxwing
aircraft examined by the PARSIFAL project. Therefore, a Knowledge Based Engineering approach
towards engine design and integration is developed in this thesis. This new approach allows to consider the
propulsion discipline in multi-disciplinary design and analysis routines. By employing the ParaPy software,
the complete aircraft geometry can be created and subsequently subjected to aerodynamic analyses in
VSAERO. The developed tools are validated and employed to explore the design space offered by a closedwing
arrangement. Based on this exploration, a turbofan system and installation location are recommended
for the PARSIFAL aircraft.