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Function to Form Mapping and Search for Civil Aeroplane Energy Efficiency

Joksimović, Aleksandar and Brazier, Frances and Vingerhoeds, Rob A. and Carbonneau, Xavier Function to Form Mapping and Search for Civil Aeroplane Energy Efficiency. (2021) In: 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Systems Engineering, 13 September 2021 - 13 October 2021 (Virtual event, Austria).

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1109/ISSE51541.2021.9582490


The contemporary debate on the need for the civil aeronautical industry to reconcile its global warming impact and the continuous air traffic growth is gaining in prominence. While solutions exist to tackle different aspects of this complex problem individually, the core of the response lies in rethinking the conventional aeroplane architecture in order to reach new energy efficiency optima. This paper presents a function-to-form framework used for describing different aspects of architectural design of an aeroplane as technological system. Firstly, a brief overview of different existing ways to improve aeroplane architectures is given. With that background, a preliminary definition of multi-level system composition of an aeroplane is presented. A physics-based framework is then correlated to the Functional, Behavioural, Structural and Experiential requirement framework, in order to characterise the different physical phenomena experienced by an aeroplane for a single operating point. These provide basis for definition of a qualitative figure of merit dubbed Integration Potential of an architecture, which serves as proxy for describing function-to-form mapping of aeroplane system architectures. Using both the historical, contemporary and projected tendencies of aeroplane technology advances, existence of an asymptotic limit of this parameter is inferred. This limit arguably indicates the extent to which it could still be possible to go in search for energy efficiency gains by virtue of system architecture design.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
HAL Id:hal-03514069
Audience (conference):International conference proceedings
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Other partners > Delft University of Technology - TU Delft (NETHERLANDS)
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Deposited On:06 Jan 2022 09:23

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