P16121: SAE Aero Aircraft Design & Build
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Problem Definition

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Team Vision for Problem Definition Phase

The 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 Summary

The 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.
Excerpt of the Project Summary

Excerpt of the Project Summary

Use Cases

The MSD team is designing for one use scenario: the SAE Aerospace Regular Class flight circuit:

Main Use Scenario

Main Use Scenario

Use Case.

Project Goals and Key Deliverables

By 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 Needs

Customer Needs

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

Engineering Requirements

Engineering Requirements are contained here.

Constraints

The remainder of the rules limiting the design space through mandatory specifications and restrictions are organized as constraints.

Constraints

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.

House of Quality

House of Quality

House of Quality

Benchmarking

Benchmarking Table

Benchmarking Table

Benchmarking

Design Review Materials

Problem Definition Presentation as Powerpoint

Problem Definition Presentation as PDF

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.

Christopher Jones - 3 Week Plan

Marc Protacio - 3 Week Plan

Dom Myren - 3 Week Plan

Ron Manning - 3 Week Plan

Matt Zielinski - 3 Week Plan


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