Sizing and Optimization of a Lift-Plus-Cruise Urban Air Mobility Concept with Electrified Propulsion

This talk describes sizing of a lift-plus-cruise urban air mobility aircraft with all-electric, hybrid-electric, and turbo-electric propulsion systems using the Parametric Energy-based Aircraft Configuration Evaluator (PEACE) framework. The PEACE framework was developed at the Vehicle Systems, Dynamics and Design Laboratory (VSDDL) to allow sizing and performance analysis of novel configurations and propulsion system architectures. After assessing the sensitivities of the sized design to mission range and technology state-of-the-art, multi-objective optimization is performed using a genetic algorithm for a set of sizing scenarios.

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