Design of Aircraft Wings Subjected to Gust Loads: A System Reliability Approach

by Ju-Sung Yang, Virginia Polytechnic Inst and State, Univ, United States,
Efstratios Nikolaidis, Virginia Polytechnic Inst and State, Univ, United States,
Raphael T. Haftka, Virginia Polytechnic Inst and State, Univ, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Safety and Reliability

Abstract: A method for system reliability based design of aircraft wings is presented. A wing of a light commuter aircraft designed according to the FAA regulations is compared with one designed by system reliability optimization. It is shown that system reliability optimization has the potential of improving the safety and efficiency of design.

Subject Headings: System reliability | Aircraft wings | Load factors | Structural reliability | Structural systems | Wind loads

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