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Airworthiness and Conceptual Design Optimization Considerations of the Environmental Impact Assessment of a Supersonic Business Jet Aircraft

Version 1 : Received: 7 November 2019 / Approved: 10 November 2019 / Online: 10 November 2019 (09:13:36 CET)

How to cite: Lappas, I.; Pergamalis, N. Airworthiness and Conceptual Design Optimization Considerations of the Environmental Impact Assessment of a Supersonic Business Jet Aircraft. Preprints 2019, 2019110099 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201911.0099.v1). Lappas, I.; Pergamalis, N. Airworthiness and Conceptual Design Optimization Considerations of the Environmental Impact Assessment of a Supersonic Business Jet Aircraft. Preprints 2019, 2019110099 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201911.0099.v1).

Abstract

In recent years, the anticipation of sustainable supersonic passenger jet operations has elevated again. The progress achieved in propulsion together with the increased usage of composite materials favour the potential of sustained and cost efficient supersonic commercial operations. However, obstacles remain with regards to the certification of the new supersonic aircraft platforms, while the two main certification bodies EASA and FAA are under pressure to develop certification requirements which will reassure that the supersonic operations are going to have the least possible environmental impact. From a design perspective, past and current research suggests that there is a trade-off between the aircraft performance and the environmental impact, which should be balanced. The current study attempts to balance this trade-off and to conceptually design a SuperSonic Business Jet (SSBJ) by taking into account environmental concerns of the supersonic flight together with design methods that facilitate a sustained supersonic cruise. An environmental impact assessment is undertaken for the SSBJ design and its results are compared to a typical commercial subsonic airliner.

Subject Areas

supersonic business jet; environmental impact assessment; supersonic flight; aircraft certification.; SSBJ; airworthiness

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