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Design and Optimization of Future Aircraft for Assessing the Fuel Burn Trends of Commercial
 

Summary: Design and Optimization of Future Aircraft for
Assessing the Fuel Burn Trends of Commercial
Aviation
Thomas D. Economon
, Sean R. Copeland
, and Juan J. Alonso
,
Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, U.S.A.
Mazyar Zeinali
and Daniel Rutherfordž
International Council on Clean Transportation, San Francisco, CA 94104, U.S.A.
Accurately predicting the fuel burn performance and CO2 emissions of future aircraft
is of fundamental importance when setting efficiency goals and standards for commercial
aviation. Over the next 10-20 years, improvements in fuel burn performance will largely
result from aerodynamic, structural, and propulsive technologies whose true capabilities at
the time of technology insertion can only be predicted with some level of uncertainty. In
addition, significant reductions in fuel burn and CO2 emissions can be realized by changing
the design mission specifications of new aircraft, such as design range, payload, or cruise
Mach number. This paper presents our recent work to quantify the potential impact of
both improvements in technology and design mission specification changes on aircraft fuel

  

Source: Alonso, Juan J. - Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University

 

Collections: Engineering