Volume 4, Issue 6, December 2019, Page: 169-189
Aircraft Cost Modelling, Integrated in a Multidisciplinary Design Context
Davide Di Pasquale, Centre for Aeronautics, School of Aerospace Transport and Manufacturing, Cranfield University, Cranfield, United Kingdom
David Gore, Airbus Operation Ltd., Bristol, United Kingdom
Mark Savill, Centre for Aeronautics, School of Aerospace Transport and Manufacturing, Cranfield University, Cranfield, United Kingdom
Timoleon Kipouros, Centre for Aeronautics, School of Aerospace Transport and Manufacturing, Cranfield University, Cranfield, United Kingdom
Carren Holden, Airbus Operation Ltd., Bristol, United Kingdom
Received: Sep. 18, 2019;       Accepted: Sep. 26, 2019;       Published: Dec. 17, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.eas.20190406.16      View  169      Downloads  72
Most of the current cost models focus on a particular manufacturing process or a specific maintenance aspect, therefore not providing the whole picture. The main challenge in modelling the manufacturing cost, associated to a new aircraft at the initial design stage, is to examine all the cost features and the way to link them into the decision making process. It is important to understand the cost related to different competing designs, and this can be tackled by including cost estimation in the design process. Estimating the cost at the early design stage is paramount to reduce the life cycle cost of the aircraft. This paper presents the development of a new methodology for the generation of a cost estimation approach for preliminary aircraft design in a multidisciplinary environment. The framework is able to capture the design attributes that drive the cost allowing a designer to assess cost changes with respect to different design configurations. The cost model is built in Excel using a Visual Basic interface and it is integrated within Model Centre platform, where it can be treated as a component of a computational design process. The paper concludes by presenting the results from a real wing trade-off study that includes all the components of a complete design system.
Cost Engineering, Multidisciplinary Design, Design Integration
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Davide Di Pasquale, David Gore, Mark Savill, Timoleon Kipouros, Carren Holden, Aircraft Cost Modelling, Integrated in a Multidisciplinary Design Context, Engineering and Applied Sciences. Vol. 4, No. 6, 2019, pp. 169-189. doi: 10.11648/j.eas.20190406.16
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