Hybrid Wing Body Planform Design with Vehicle Sketch Pad
MDAO: Multi-Disciplinary Analysis and Optimization
2011/01/04
Authors: Douglas P. Wells and Erik D. Olson
Abstract

The objective of this paper was to provide an update on NASA’s current tools for design and analysis of hybrid wing body (HWB) aircraft with an emphasis on Vehicle Sketch Pad (VSP). NASA started HWB analysis using the Flight Optimization System (FLOPS). That capability is enhanced using Phoenix Integration’s ModelCenter®. Model Center enables multifidelity analysis tools to be linked as an integrated structure. Two major components are linked to FLOPS as an example; a planform discretization tool and VSP. The planform discretization tool ensures the planform is smooth and continuous. VSP is used to display the output geometry. This example shows that a smooth & continuous HWB planform can be displayed as a three-dimensional model and rapidly sized and analyzed.

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