8. Propulsion System Design

  1. Mohammad H. Sadraey

Published Online: 19 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118352700.ch8

Aircraft Design: A Systems Engineering Approach

Aircraft Design: A Systems Engineering Approach

How to Cite

Sadraey, M. H. (2012) Propulsion System Design, in Aircraft Design: A Systems Engineering Approach, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118352700.ch8

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



  • propulsion system design;
  • engine thrust magnitude, calculation by matching charts;
  • propulsion system, engine type selection, number of engines, engine locations;
  • powerplant functional analysis and design flowchart, with design procedure;
  • functional analysis and design requirements;
  • engine type selection;
  • turboprop engine, propeller driven using gas turbine engines;
  • choice of number of engines, effect on propulsion system design;
  • pusher and tractor configurations;
  • engine installation, location recommendations for aircraft configuration


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Functional Analysis and Design Requirements

  • Engine Type Selection

  • Number of Engines

  • Engine Location

  • Engine Installation

  • Propeller Sizing

  • Engine Performance

  • Engine Selection

  • Propulsion System Design Steps

  • Design Example

  • Problems

  • References