Degree Type


Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Aerospace Engineering

First Advisor

Thomas P. Gielda

Second Advisor

Richard W. Wlezien


The conceptual design stage offers the most opportunity for innovation and the capability to reveal costly design errors early. Integrating high fidelity design and simulation tools into the conceptual design stage enables engineers to develop design variations quickly and affordably. This work focuses primarily on the development and utilization of parametric modeling methods as they apply to a simulation based design process. It will also address the impacts to conceptual design development time. A blended wing-body (BWB) hypersonic wave rider demonstrates how state-of-the-art solid modeling techniques can be coupled to high fidelity CFD analysis codes to perform top down design. Performance trends are identified for several trade study variations which represent a single iteration through the simulation based design process. Performance metrics are based on interpretations from higher level customer, regulatory, business, and other requirements. The process of cascading these requirements down to the component level is the definition of top-down-design. This bidirectional tracing of requirements allows vehicle development to progress in a manner such that any change of the vehicle can be assessed in terms of the overarching requirements.


Copyright Owner

Alexander David Lee



File Format


File Size

80 pages