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    2017-2018 Undergraduate Team Structures - Supersonic Wing

    Design of Supersonic Aircraft Wing Structure – Request for Proposal

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    • Letter of Intent submitted via online submission site – 10 February 2018 (11:59 p.m. Eastern Time)
    • Proposal submitted via online submission site – 10 May 2018 (11:59 p.m. Eastern Time)
    • Announcement of Winners (via email) – 31 August 2018 (11:59 pm Eastern Time)


    The design of the wing structure for an air-superiority fighter requires the trade-off of various factors such as fuel storage, landing gear storage, actuation systems, mechanical components and the placement of key load bearing components. Wing configurations for supersonic aircraft have evolved through many configurations from trapezoidal wings on the F-104 to full delta wings on the Eurofighter Typhoon to the clipped delta wings seen on the Lockheed-Martin F-22 Raptor. The evolution is a function of maneuverability and lift requirements for the aircraft to operate.

    This Request for Proposal (RFP) is for the design of the aircraft wing structure for a supersonic air-superiority fighter. The wing must bear the aerodynamic loads from a range of maneuvers, remain serviceable from air bases in a variety of climates, and be damage tolerant. The wing is to carry minimal external stores similar to the F-22. The detailed requirements are provided in the following tables including the aerodynamic geometry.

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