A&AE 451 Aircraft Design
Professor Crossley

Spring 2015



[Meeting Times and Location]


[Teaching Assistants]

[Homepage] - [Syllabus] - [Design Project]


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 aircraft system.

Students will work in teams to respond to the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate’s University Engineering Design Challenge that invites students to design an all-electric General Aviation (GA) aircraft for service in 2020.  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 one team placing second in 2013-14.

The student teams will determine specific requirements for, generate concepts for, and then select and develop a preferred concept for an all-electric four-seat GA aircraft with (based upon the NASA competition description) a payload of 400 to 800 pounds, a range of 500 to 800 nmi, and a cruise speed of 135 to 175 kts.  The design teams will conduct various trade studies to determine the appropriate aircraft configuration, electric storage and propulsion options, as well as the best combination of the payload, velocity and range of the aircraft, considering the description provided from the NASA competition. 

This public web-site 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”), 9:30am - 10:20am FRNY B124
Tuesdays (“lab”),
1:30pm - 4:20pm FRNY B124

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 quizzes. 

The class will also involve some evening sessions for major design review presentations to off-campus review panelists.


Professor William A. Crossley
ARMS 3209
phone: (49) 6-2872
e-mail: crossley (at) purdue.edu

Office Hours
Thursday 1:30pm - 3:00pm
or "open door" for drop-ins
please e-mail to arrange an appointment at times other than scheduled office hours

Teaching Assistants

Alden Black
ARMS 3174
phone: (49) 4-5156
e-mail: black36 (at) purdue.edu

Office Hours
Monday 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Office Hours held in ARMS 2085


Modified January 9, 2015