Optimization of Laminated Composite Aircraft Structures

A new strategy was presented for using HEEDS MDO to optimize composite aircraft structural components. This approach yielded designs that were lighter and higher performing than those found with a manual design process. The systematic approach to the setup and solution ensured that the final design was efficient and conformed to the manufacturability constraints. The result was a lighter aircraft design, with mass savings of 3% in the tail, 12% in the wing and 9% in the fuselage. 
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