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Design and Development of Aircraft Systems

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This is the 2nd edition with a publication date of 12/26/2012.
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Now covering both conventional and unmanned systems, this is a significant update of the definitive book on aircraft system design Design and Development of Aircraft Systems, Second Edition is for people who want to understand how industry develops the customer requirement into a fully integrated, tested, and qualified product that is safe to fly and fit for purpose. This edition has been updated to take into account the growth of unmanned air vehicles, together with updates to all chapters to bring them in line with current design practice and technologies as taught on courses at BAE Systems and Cranfield, Bristol and Loughborough universities in the UK. Design and Development of Aircraft Systems, Second Edition Provides a holistic view of aircraft system design describing the interaction between all of the subsystems such as fuel system, navigation, flight control etc. Covers all aspects of design including systems engineering, design drivers, systems architectures, systems integration, modelling of systems, practical considerations, & systems examples. Incorporates essential new material on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Design and Development of Aircraft Systems, Second Edition has been written to be generic and not to describe any single process. It aims to complement other volumes in the Wiley Aerospace Series, in particular Aircraft Systems, Third Edition and Civil Avionics Systems by the same authors, and will inform readers of the work that is carried out by engineers in the aerospace industry to produce innovative and challenging yet safe and reliable systems and aircraft. Essential reading for Aerospace Engineers.

Table of Contents


Glossary of Terms

Chapter 1 – Introduction

1.1. General

1.2. System Development

1.3. Skills

1.4. Overview


Further Reading

Chapter 2 – The Aircraft Systems

2.1. Introduction

2.2. Definitions

2.3. Everyday Examples of Systems

2.4. Aircraft Systems of Interest

2.4.1. Airframe systems

2.4.2. Vehicle systems

2.4.3. Interface characteristics of vehicle systems

2.4.4. Avionic systems

2.4.5. Interface characteristics of vehicle and avionic systems

2.4.6. Mission systems

2.4.7. Interface characteristics of mission systems

2.5. Ground systems

2.6. Generic System Definitions


Further Reading

Chapter 3 – The Design and Development Process

3.1. Introduction

3.2. Definitions

3.3. The Product Lifecycle

3.4. Concept Phase

3.4.1. Engineering process

3.4.2. Engineering skills

3.5. Definition Phase

3.5.1. Engineering process

3.5.2. Engineering skills

3.6. Design Phase.

3.6.1. Engineering process

 3.6.2. Engineering skills

3.7. Build Phase

3.7.1. Engineering process

 3.7.2. Engineering skills

3.8. Test Phase

3.8.1. Engineering process

 3.8.2. Engineering skills

3.9. Operate Phase

3.9.1. Engineering process

 3.9.2. Engineering skills

3.10. Disposal or Retirement Phase

3.10.1. Engineering process

 3.10.2. Engineering skills

3.11. Refurbishment Phase

3.11.1. Engineering process

 3.11.2. Engineering skills

3.12. Whole Life Cycle Tasks


Further Reading


Chapter 4 - Design Drivers

4.1. Introduction

4.2. Design Drivers in the Business Environment

4.2.1. Customer

4.2.2. Market and competition

4.2.3. Capacity

4.2.4. Financial issues

4.2.5. Defence policy

4.2.6. Leisure and business interests

4.2.7. Politics

4.2.8. Technology

4.3. Design Drivers in the Project Environment

4.3.1. Standards and regulations

4.3.2. Availability

4.3.3. Cost

4.3.4. Programme

4.3.5. Performance

4.3.6. Skills and resources

4.3.7. Health, safety and environment issues

4.3.8. Risk

4.4. Design Drivers in the Product Environment

4.4.1. Functional performance

4.4.2. Human machine interface

4.4.3. Crew and passengers

4.4.4. Stores and cargo

4.4.5. Structure

4.4.6. Safety

4.4.7. Quality

4.4.8. Environmental conditions

4.5. Drivers in the Product Operating Environment

4.5.1. Heat

4.5.2. Noise

4.5.3. RF radiation

4.5.4. Solar energy

4.5.5. Altitude

4.5.6. Temperature

4.5.7. Contaminants/destructive substances

4.5.8. Lightning

4.5.9. Nuclear, biological and chemical

4.5.10. Vibration

4.5.11. Shock

4.6. Interfaces with the Sub-system Environment

4.6.1. Physical interfaces

4.6.2. Power interfaces

4.6.3. Data communication interfaces

4.6.4. Input/output interfaces

4.6.5. Status/discrete interfaces

4.7. Obsolescence

4.7.1. Introduction

4.7.2. The threat of obsolescence in the product lifecycle

4.7.3. Managing obsolescence


Further Reading

Chapter 5 - Systems Architectures

5.1. Introduction

5.2. Definitions

5.3. Systems Architectures

5.3.1. General systems

5.3.2. Avionic systems

5.3.3. Mission systems

5.3.4. Cabin systems

5.3.5. Data bus

5.4. Architecture Modelling and Trade-off

5.5. Example of a Developing Architecture

5.6. Evolution of Avionics Architectures

5.6.1. Distributed analogue architecture

5.6.2. Distributed digital architecture

5.6.3. Federated digital architecture

5.6.4. Integrated modular architecture


Further Reading

Chapter 6 - Systems Integration

6.1. Introduction

6.2. Definitions

6.3. Examples of Systems Integration

6.3.1. Integration at the component level

6.3.2. Integration at the system level

6.3.3. Integration at the process level

6.3.4. Integration at the functional level

6.3.5. Integration at the information level

6.3.6. Integration at the prime contractor level

6.3.7. Integration arising from emergent properties

6.4. System Integration Skills

6.5. Management of Systems Integration

6.5.1. Major activities

6.5.2. Major milestones

6.5.3. Decomposition and definition process

6.5.4. Integration and verification process

6.5.5. Component engineering

6.6. Highly Integrated Systems

6.7. Discussion


Chapter 7 – Verification of System Requirements

7.1. Introduction

7.2. Gathering qualification evidence in the lifecycle

7.3. Test methods

7.3.1. Inspection of design

7.3.2. Calculation

7.3.3. Analogy

7.3.4. Modelling and simulation

7.3.5. Test rigs

7.3.6. Environmental testing

7.3.7. Integration test rigs

7.3.8. Flight test

7.4 An example using a radar system.


Further Reading  

Chapter 8 - Practical Considerations

8.1. Introduction

8.2. Identification of Stakeholders

8.3. Communications

8.3.1. The nature of communication

8.3.2. Examples of organisation communication media

8.3.3. The cost of poor communication

8.3.4. A lesson learned

8.4. Giving and Receiving Criticism

8.4.1. The need for criticism in the design process

8.4.2. The nature of criticism

8.4.3. Behaviours associated with criticism

8.4.4. Conclusions

8.5. Supplier Relationships

8.6. Engineering Judgement

8.7. Complexity

8.8. Emergent Properties

8.9. Wiring and connectors

8.9.1. Aircraft wiring

8.9.2. Aircraft breaks

8.9.3. Wiring bundle definitions

8.9.4. Wiring routing

8.9.5. Wiring sizing

8.9.6. Aircraft electrical signal types

8.9.7. Electrical segregation

8.9.8. The nature of aircraft wiring and connectors

8.9.9. Use of twisted pairs and quads

8.10 Bonding and grounding


Further Reading

Chapter 9 – Configuration Control

9.1. Introduction

9.2. Configuration Control Process

9.3. A Simple Portrayal of a System

9.4. Varying System Configuration

9.4.1. System configuration A

9.4.2. System configuration B

9.4.3. System configuration C

9.5. Forwards and Backwards Compatibility

9.5.1. Forwards compatibility

9.5.2. Backwards compatibility

9.6. Factors Affecting Compatibility

9.6.1. Hardware

9.6.2. Software

9.6.3. Wiring

9.7. System Evolution

9.8. Interface Control

9.8.1. Interface Control Document

9.8.2. Aircraft level data bus data

9.8.3. System internal data bus data

9.8.4. Internal system input/output data

9.8.5. Fuel component interfaces

Chapter 10 – Aircraft System Examples

10.1. Introduction

10.2. Design Considerations

10.3. Safety and Economic Considerations

10.4. Failure Severity Categorisation

10.5. Design Assurance Levels

10.6 Redundancy

10.6.1. Architecture options

10.6.2. Systems examples

10.7. Integration of Aircraft Systems

10.7.1. Engine control system

10.7.2. Flight control system

10.7.3. Attitude measurement system

10.7.4. Air data system

10.7.5. Electrical power system

10.7.6. Hydraulic power system

10.8. Integration of Avionics Systems


Chapter 11 – Power system issues

11.1. Introduction

11.2. Electrical system description

11.3. Electrical power distribution system

11.3.1. Power generation

11.3.2. Primary power distribution

11.3.3. Power conversion

11.3.4. Secondary power distribution

11.4. Electrical system design issues

11.4.1. Engine power off-takes

11.4.2. The generator

11.4.3. Power feeders

11.4.4. Generator control

11.4.5. Power switching

11.5. Hydraulic system description

11.5.1. Engine driven pump

11.5.2. Hydraulic accumulator

11.5.3. System users

11.5.4. Power transfer unit

11.6. Hydraulic system design considerations

11.6.1. Hydraulic power generation

11.6.2. System level issues

11.6.3. Hydraulic fluid

11.7. Aircraft system Energy losses

11.8. Electrical system power dissipation

11.8.1. Constant frequency system

11.8.2. Variable frequency system

11.9. Hydraulic system power dissipation

11.9.1. Hydraulic power calculations

11.9.2. Operating pressures

11.9.3. Rated delivery capacity

11.9.4     Boeing 767 – Entry into Service:  1982 [United Airlines]

11.9.5     Boeing 787 – Entry into Service:  2011 [All Nippon Airways]

11.9.6     Simple Hydraulic Power Models

11.10. More-electric issues

Chapter 12 – Key characteristics of aircraft systems

12.1. Introduction

12.2. Aircraft systems

12.3. Avionic systems

12.4. Mission systems

12.5. Sizing and scoping of systems

12.6. Analysis of the fuel penalties of aircraft systems

12.6.1. Introduction

12.6.2. Basic formulation of fuel weight penalties

12.6.3. Application of fuel weight penalty formulation to multi-phase flight.

12.6.4. Analysis of Fuel Weight Penalties Formulation for Multi-phase Flight

12.6.5. Use of fuel weight penalties to compare systems

12.6.6. Determining Input Data for Systems Weight Penalties Analysis


Chapter 13 - Conclusions


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