APPLICATION OF ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES TO SMALL, SHORT-HAUL AIRCRAFT

The results of a preliminary design study which investigates the use of selected advanced technologies to achieve low cost design for small (50-passenger), short haul (50 to 1000 mile) transports are reported. The largest single item in the cost of manufacturing an airplane of this type is labor. A careful examination of advanced technology to airframe structure was performed since one of the most labor-intensive parts of the airplane is structures. Also, preliminary investigation of advanced aerodynamics flight controls, ride control and gust load alleviation systems, aircraft systems and turbo-prop propulsion systems was performed. The most beneficial advanced technology examined was bonded aluminum primary structure. The use of this structure in large wing panels and body sections resulted in a greatly reduced number of parts and fasteners and therefore, labor hours. The resultant cost of assembled airplane structure was reduced by 40% and the total airplane manufacturing cost by 16% - a major cost reduction. With further development, test verification and optimization appreciable weight saving is also achievable. Other advanced technology items which showed significant gains are as follows: (1) advanced turboprop-reduced block fuel by 15.30% depending on range; (2) configuration revisions (vee-tail)-empennage cost reduction of 25%; (3) leading-edge flap addition-weight reduction of 2500 pounds.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Boeing Commercial Airplane Company

    Preliminary Design Department
    Seattle, WA  USA  98124
  • Authors:
    • ANDREWS, D G
    • Brubaker, P W
    • Bryant, S L
    • Clay, C W
    • Giridharadas, B
  • Publication Date: 1978-3-1

Media Info

  • Pagination: 332 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00181043
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NASA-CR-152089 Final Rpt., D6-46320
  • Contract Numbers: NAS2-9506
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 14 1978 12:00AM