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AAE45100 Aircraft Design
Prof. Crossley

Spring 2018

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Welcome to the A&AE 451 "Aircraft Design" course homepage for sections taught by Professor Crossley.  This course offers senior-level undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in a capstone design experience focusing upon an entire aircraft.

Students will work in teams to respond to the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate’s University Engineering Design Challenge that invites students to design a Distributed Electric Propulsion Commuter Aircraft.  By using this topic as the topic for AAE 451, student teams can enter their final reports to compete in this design competition.  Purdue teams have placed several times in recent years, including two teams tying for first place in 2012-13 and a team placing second in the last competition for 2016-17.

The student teams will determine specific requirements for, generate concepts for, and then select and develop a preferred concept for a future ultra-efficient commercial transport for the 2045 timeframe.  NASA’s expectation is that "acheiving dramatic reductions in energy consumption (80% less energy consumed to fly the same mission as a team-selected baseline aircraft in service today) will require innovative airframe and propulsion system designs,new approaches to integration of the airframe and propulsion systems, and new operational paradigms."   To address this, design teams will conduct various trade studies to determine the appropriate aircraft configuration, airframe technologies, propulsion options and overall propulsion / airframe integration for the aircraft.  Teams will identify a baseline aircraft in a category of commerical transport that they feel provides the highest potential for success and use this baseline, not only to compare with their future concept, but also to provide a sanity check and a means to exercise and validate their analyses.

This public website contains basic information about the AAE 451 class, including contact information for the instructor and teaching assistant(s), the syllabus, and information about the design project for this semester.  The class uses Purdue's Blackboard site to distribute handouts, collect reports, etc.  Students must register for AAE 451 and use their Purdue career account to access this information. 

Meeting Times and Location

Tuesdays and Thursdays (“lecture”), 12:30pm - 1:20pm FRNY G124
Tuesdays (“lab”), 1:30pm - 4:20pm FRNY G124

This class schedule includes two “lectures” and one “lab” per week.

The long lab sessions allow for design reviews, meetings between the design groups and the instructor, and individual quizzes.

The class will also involve three evening sessions to allow for major design review presentations to off-campus review panelists; see the design project page for details.


Professor William A. Crossley
ARMS 3209
phone: 765-496-2872
e-mail: crossley (at) purdue.edu

Office Hours
Monday 3:30pm - 5:00pm
or "open door" for drop-ins
please e-mail to arrange an appointment at times other than scheduled office hours

Teaching Assistants

Brandon Sells
ARMS 3174
phone: 765-494-5156
e-mail: bsells (at) purdue.edu
Office Hours: 3:30pm - 5:00pm Friday

Takashi Kanno
ARMS 3174
phone: 765-494-5156
e-mail: tkanno (at) purdue.edu
Office Hours: 3:30pm - 5:00pm Wednesday


Please contact graders only with questions about assignments they have graded for you.
to be announced

Modified January 25, 2018