Thomas Arruda

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Honors Thesis


The regional jet is an area of fierce competition among the airline industry, where every advantage in terms of operating cost and weight reduction are incredibly important. The study was concerned with possible advantages and disadvantages of a three-surface aircraft when compared to a conventional aircraft. The trade study focused on varying several aspects of the wing planform to find an optimal configuration and served as an introduction to preliminary aircraft design. The focus of this paper is on the individual contribution of the author to their group. The leadership and planning methods used along with industry software design training will be assessed as to their effectiveness. Effectiveness will be measured by the performance of the team according to a panel of industry members as well as through feedback from a mentor, Dr. Dudley Smith, an industry member with over 40 years of experience in the preliminary design field.

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