4. Preliminary Design

  1. Mohammad H. Sadraey

Published Online: 19 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118352700.ch4

Aircraft Design: A Systems Engineering Approach

Aircraft Design: A Systems Engineering Approach

How to Cite

Sadraey, M. H. (2012) Preliminary Design, in Aircraft Design: A Systems Engineering Approach, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118352700.ch4

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 preliminary design phase, parameters direct on design phase;
  • preliminary design, employing the outcomes of a calculation;
  • air craft performance requirements;
  • aircrafts, techniques of obtaining first estimate of the MTOW;
  • cruise weight fraction for jet aircraft;
  • aircraft performance criterion loiter, and endurance parameter;
  • wing area and engine sizing, wing reference area determination;
  • solved design examples, MTOW (WTO) and wing reference (S) and engine P;
  • trial-and-error in determining maximum take-off weight of aircraft


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Maximum Take-Off Weight Estimation

  • Wing Area and Engine Sizing

  • Design Examples

  • Problems

  • References