Projects

Aeropropulsive Design Optimization

The development of future sustainable aircraft relies heavily on the design and integration of advanced propulsion systems. To accelerate the design and integration of future propulsion systems, the MDO Lab is collaborating with NASA Glenn Research Center on aeropropulsive design optimization. The goal is to optimize aerodynamic shape and propulsion system simultaneously, accounting for the mutual interactions. We have applied the developed approach to a new boundary-layer ingesting aircraft concept.

  1. Boundary Layer Ingestion Benefit for the STARC-ABL Concept

    A. Yildirim, J. S. Gray, C. A. Mader, and J. R. R. A. Martins

    Journal of Aircraft, 59(4):896–911, 2022

    doi:10.2514/1.C036103

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  2. Performance Analysis of Optimized STARC-ABL Designs Across the Entire Mission Profile

    A. Yildirim, J. S. Gray, C. A. Mader, and J. R. R. A. Martins

    Proceedings of the AIAA SciTech Forum, 2021

    doi:10.2514/6.2021-0891

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  3. Coupled Aeropropulsive Design Optimization of a Podded Electric Propulsor

    A. Yildirim, J. S. Gray, C. A. Mader, and J. R. R. A. Martins

    AIAA Aviation Forum, 2021

    doi:10.2514/6.2021-3032

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  4. Coupled Aeropropulsive Design Optimization of a Three-Dimensional BLI Propulsor Considering Inlet Distortion

    J. S. Gray, C. A. Mader, G. K. W. Kenway, and J. R. R. A. Martins

    Journal of Aircraft, 57(6):1014–1025, 2020

    doi:10.2514/1.C035845

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  5. Aeropropulsive Design Optimization of a Boundary Layer Ingestion System

    A. Yildirim, J. S. Gray, C. A. Mader, and J. R. R. A. Martins

    AIAA Aviation Forum, 2019

    doi:10.2514/6.2019-3455

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  6. Coupled Aeropropulsive Design Optimization of a Boundary-Layer Ingestion Propulsor

    J. S. Gray, and J. R. R. A. Martins

    The Aeronautical Journal, 123(1259):121–137, 2019

    doi:10.1017/aer.2018.120

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  7. Chemical Equilibrium Analysis with Adjoint Derivatives for Propulsion Cycle Analysis

    J. S. Gray, J. Chin, T. Hearn, E. Hendricks, T. Lavelle, and J. R. R. A. Martins

    Journal of Propulsion and Power, 33(5):1041–1052, 2017

    doi:10.2514/1.B36215

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  8. Thermodynamics For Gas Turbine Cycles With Analytic Derivatives in OpenMDAO

    J. S. Gray, J. Chin, T. Hearn, E. S. Hendricks, T. M. Lavelle, and J. R. R. A. Martins

    57th AIAA/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 2016

    doi:10.2514/6.2016-0669

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