Status of Advanced Stitched Unitized Composite Aircraft Structures

Dawn Jegley, Alex Velicki
2013 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition   unpublished
NASA has created the Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) Project to explore and document the feasibility, benefits and technical risk of advanced vehicle configurations and enabling technologies that will reduce the impact of aviation on the environment. A critical aspect of this pursuit is the development of a lighter, more robust airframe that will enable the introduction of unconventional aircraft configurations that have higher lift-to-drag ratios, reduced drag, and lower community
more » ... d lower community noise levels. The primary structural concept being developed under the ERA project in the Airframe Technology element is the Pultruded Rod Stitched Efficient Unitized Structure (PRSEUS) concept. This paper describes how researchers at NASA and The Boeing Company are working together to develop fundamental PRSEUS technologies that could someday be implemented on a transport size aircraft with high aspect ratio wings or unconventional shapes such as a hybrid wing body airplane design.
doi:10.2514/6.2013-410 fatcat:ugfblmz2ufecfbjrspnyjmwife