Truss-Braced Wing | AOE| Virginia Tech


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One of Pfenninger.s visions (1976) for a truss-braced aircraft

  • State of the art TBW Multidisciplinary Design & Optimization (MDO) with .ModelCenter. interactive environment
  • LARGE improvements in high subsonic, long- and medium-range transport aircraft performances with truss-braced-wings combined with advanced technologies.
  • MDO Studies focused on a) minimum TOGW and b) minimum fuel/emissions design goals.

  • Aerodynamic Parameter, sensitivity study, and CFD study of the Goldschmied device
  • Two Aviation week articles and several conference and journal papers, participated in TBW Workshop held in Hampton.
  • Va Tech working with Boeing on TBW design (SFW/NRA)
  • TBW/Boeing Aeroelastic model to be built by NextGenAero, for flutter test in Langley TDT in 2012.
  • Flutter as constraint added to the TBW MDO Design Environment

Theses and Dissertations:

Available from:

  • Lauren M. Butt: Design Optimization of High Aspect Ratio Rigid/Inflatable Wing
  • Yan-Yee Andy Ko: The Role of Constraints and Vehicle Concepts in Transport Design: A Comparison of Cantilever and Strut-Braced Wing Airplane Concepts
  • Nicholas A. Meadow: Multidisciplinary Design Optimization of a Medium Range Transonic Truss-Braced Wing Transport Aircraft
  • Amir Naghshineh-Pour: Structural Optimization and Design of a Strut-Braced Wing Aircraft
  • E. Sulaeman: Effect of Compressive Force on Aeroelastic Stability of a Strut-Braced Wing
  • Philippe-Andre Tetrault: Numerical Prediction of the Interference Drag of a Streamlined Strut Intersecting a Surface in Transonic Flow