Special Issue "Air Vehicle Design: Environment, Innovations and Disruption"

A special issue of Designs (ISSN 2411-9660). This special issue belongs to the section "Aerospace, Vehicles, and Civil Engineering Design Automation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ioannis Giannopoulos
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, Building 83, Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedfordshire MK43 0AL, UK
Interests: aircraft structural analysis and design; aerospace and the environment; high-value design
Prof. Dr. Howard Smith
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, Building 83, Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedfordshire MK43 0AL, UK
Interests: aircraft advanced concepts design; aerospace and the environment; high-value design

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Air vehicle design has evolved a great deal since its conception, and will continue to do so at ever accelerating rate over the coming years. The major drivers behind aircraft design evolution to date have been the commercialization of flight and accessibility to the public, operational optimization and performance increases, as well as safety.

However, it is clear that climate change has now come to the forefront as the key driver in aircraft design. Efforts are being made to drastically reduce CO2 aviation emissions to help control global CO2 levels. Similarly, local emissions, such as Nox; unburnt hydrocarbons; and, last but not least, noise need to be reduced in proximity to airports. Improvements to the internal passenger environment are also desirable. Finally, the sustainability of aviation needs addressing. This includes manufacturing processes and materials, in addition to fuels.

The aforementioned drivers will undoubtedly result in a wide variety of new concepts and technologies, such as electrification and alternate fuels, being integrated into aircraft designs. However, beyond this, we are starting to see disruptive technologies starting to break through. Concepts such as urban air mobility in combination with autonomy may radically change the face of aviation.

The design of an air vehicle is a multidisciplinary design process, where different specializations fuse to create tangible solutions. The current Special Issue will focus on air vehicle innovation with regard to the mitigation of aviation’s environmental impact. Disruptive technologies that may contribute to the aim of improving aviation are also of key interest. More specifically, manuscript submissions in the areas mentioned below are highly encouraged.

Dr. Ioannis Giannopoulos
Prof. Dr. Howard Smith
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Designs is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • Novel aircraft conceptual configurations, advances in aircraft aerodynamics and aircraft performance
  • Application of disruptive concepts configuration and technologies in aviation
  • Flight mechanics, avionics, navigation and air traffic management
  • Advances in the application/integration of advanced/novel airframe materials, structures and systems
  • Application of alternative fuels and alternative propulsion systems
  • Advances in manufacturing processes and systems employed in the aerospace sector.

Published Papers (1 paper)

Order results
Result details
Select all
Export citation of selected articles as:

Research

Article
Design-Assisted of Pitching Aerofoils through Enhanced Identification of Coherent Flow Structures
Designs 2021, 5(1), 11; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/designs5010011 - 14 Feb 2021
Cited by 1 | Viewed by 647
Abstract
This study discusses a general framework to identify the unsteady features of a flow past an oscillating aerofoil in deep dynamic stall conditions. In particular, the work aims at demonstrating the advantages for the design process of the Spectral Proper Orthogonal Decomposition in [...] Read more.
This study discusses a general framework to identify the unsteady features of a flow past an oscillating aerofoil in deep dynamic stall conditions. In particular, the work aims at demonstrating the advantages for the design process of the Spectral Proper Orthogonal Decomposition in accurately producing reliable reduced models of CFD systems and comparing this technique with standard snapshot-based models. Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes system of equations, coupled with kω SST turbulence model, is used to produce the dataset, the latter consisting of a two-dimensional NACA 0012 aerofoil in the pitching motion. Modal analysis is performed on both velocity and pressure fields showing that, for vectored values, a proper tuning of the filtering process allows for better results compared to snapshot formulations and extract highly correlated coherent flow structures otherwise undetected. Wider filters, in particular, produce enhanced coherence without affecting the typical frequency response of the coupled modes. Conversely, the pressure field decomposition is drastically affected by the windowing properties. In conclusion, the low-order spectral reconstruction of the pressure field allows for an excellent prediction of aerodynamic loads. Moreover, the analysis shows that snapshot-based models better perform on the CFD values during the pitching cycle, while spectral-based methods better fit the loads’ fluctuations. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Air Vehicle Design: Environment, Innovations and Disruption)
Show Figures

Figure 1

Back to TopTop