Automated optimum design of wing structures: A probabilistic approach

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The optimization of aircraft wing structures is presented by considering the dynamic stresses developed during landing impact and gust load conditions. The random nature of the sinking speed and the forward velocity at the instant of contact is considered in the calculation of landing stresses. The vertical velocity due to gust is treated as a stochastic process for the computation of gust-induced stresses. The optimum designs of a symmetric double wedge airfoil, based on beam type of analysis, and a supersonic airplane wing, based on finite element analysis, are considered to illustrate the procedure. A graphical procedure is used in the case of the double wedge airfoil, and nonlinear programming techniques are used in the case of the supersonic wing, for finding the optimum solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)799-808
Number of pages10
JournalComputers and Structures
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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