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Team Vision for Problem Definition PhaseThe Problem Definition phase was a chance for the team to become acquainted with the details of the design project and the SAE Aero Competition rules. After gaining an understanding of the competition goals and objectives, customer requirements, engineering requirements, and constraints were developed that will ultimately guide the design process. The updated competition rules for the 2016 competition were not yet released, so updates to these design requirements will be made, although it is expected that changes will not be significant. The execution of the problem definition phase was influenced heavily by the Project Readiness Package developed in Design Project Leadership
Project SummaryThe RIT Aerospace Design Team (RADT) has been unable to compete the SAE Aero Competition (Regular Class) since 2008. Reasons for this include lack of aeronautical engineering knowledge, lack of commitment as students are on coop for parts of the year, and lack of funding. This MSD team exists to design, build, and test an aircraft conforming to the Regular Class requirements of the competition, hoping to jump-start the club by sharing all design methods and processes. A more formal project summary is contained here.
The MSD team is designing for one use scenario: the SAE Aerospace Regular Class flight circuit:
Project Goals and Key DeliverablesBy the end of the project we plan on producing a flightworthy, competition quality aircraft. This will ultimately be used to as an educational tool for the RADT through the project design documentation created through the MSD process, which will given to the RADT. The details of these deliverables are contained in the Project Summary, located above.
Customer Requirements (Needs)
The customer requirements reflect the intended goals and objectives of the competition, outlined by the 2015 SAE Aerospace Design competition rules.
Customer requirements are contained here.
Engineering Requirements (Metrics & Specifications)
The Engineering requirements are developed from the 2015 SAE Aerospace Design competition rules that assign numerical target values.
Engineering Requirements are contained here.
The remainder of the rules limiting the design space through mandatory specifications and restrictions are organized as constraints.
Constraints are contained here.
House of Quality
The House of Quality maps each customer requirement to an engineering requirement, and more importantly, assigns relative weights to each engineering requirement depending on how much each correlates to a customer requirement. Ultimately, it is used to prioritize engineering requirements against each other.
Design Review MaterialsProblem Definition Presentation as Powerpoint
Plans for next phase
For the Systems Design Phase, the team will go through the conceptual selection of all aircraft subsystems and investigate aircraft performance and possible materials.