A&AE 451 Aircraft Design
Professor Crossley

Spring 2016



[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 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.

The student teams will determine specific requirements for, generate concepts for, and then select and develop a preferred concept for a 19-seat, 250 mph cruise speed, commuter transport capable of all-weather operations, with the intent of exploring benefits of distributed electric propulsion for future aircraft.  Within NASA’s prescription of using a distributed electric propulsion concept, the design teams will conduct various trade studies to determine the appropriate aircraft configuration, electric storage and propulsion options for the aircraft. Teams must also determine the best combination of cruise velocity, range, takeoff and landing field lengths, and other performance aspects, considering the NASA competition’s instructions to make the new DEP concept more attractive than a notional competing turboprop concept.

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: (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 6:15 to 8:15pm
Office Hours held in ARMS 2085


Modified December 22, 2015