Airworthiness of the aircraft depends on the strength and rigidity of the structure of the aircraft. The nose-cone of the aircraft pierces the air and hence it is subjected to very high pressure loads.
These pressure-loads are supported by the internal-structure of the aircraft. However maintaining high strength-to-weight ratio of the structure is essential for enhancing the performance and fuel-economy of the aircraft. This has to be achieved through weight-reduction of the internal-structure.
This project aims at optimizing the internal structural-members connected to the nose-cone of a commercial aircraft.
In this project, CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) simulations will be performed to generate the pressure-contours on the nose-cone using the leading CFD software FLUENT. Using these pressure data, the topological-optimization (CAE simulations) of the aircraft nose-cone structure will be done in HYPERMESH and RADIOSS.
Based on the optimization runs, the best-fit design will be identified.