3. Aircraft Conceptual Design

  1. Mohammad H. Sadraey

Published Online: 19 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118352700.ch3

Aircraft Design: A Systems Engineering Approach

Aircraft Design: A Systems Engineering Approach

How to Cite

Sadraey, M. H. (2012) Aircraft Conceptual Design, in Aircraft Design: A Systems Engineering Approach, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118352700.ch3

Author Information

  1. Daniel Webster College, New Hampshire, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 26 OCT 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119953401

Online ISBN: 9781118352700



  • aircraft conceptual design, conceptual design optimization and MDO;
  • conceptual design, phase of aircraft design/development process;
  • early and high-level lifecycle activity, for function/cost of desired aircraft;
  • aircraft design of a “what” or “desire,” based on a real deficiency;
  • tail configuration alternatives, primary impact on production cost/duration;
  • aircraft classification and design constraints, aircraft type with specifications;
  • military aircraft and MIL-STD, technical requirements for military-unique;
  • trade-off analysis, synthesis and structuring in creating an aircraft system;
  • conceptual design optimization and multi-objective optimization problem


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Primary Functions of Aircraft Components

  • Aircraft Configuration Alternatives

  • Aircraft Classification and Design Constraints

  • Configuration Selection Process and Trade-Off Analysis

  • Conceptual Design Optimization

  • Problems

  • References