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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Fuel tank inerting systems for civil aircraft
by Smith, David E., M.S., Colorado State University, 2014, 100; 1573120
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines and compares a variety of methods for inerting the fuel tanks of civil transport aircraft. These aircraft can range from the 50-seat Bombardier CRJ-200 to the 525-850 seat Superjumbo Airbus A380 and can also include airliner-based VIP aircraft such as the Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) or executive-class aircraft such as the Learjet 85.

Three system approaches to fuel tank inerting are presented in this paper with the intent of providing senior systems engineers and project managers a comparative requirements analysis and a thorough analysis of the different levels of documentation effort required for each rather than performing a simple technical trade-off study to determine which system architecture is the lowest weight or perhaps has the least parts count.

When choosing a system architecture, requirements analysis is often overlooked and documentation workload is brushed aside in favor of purely technical analyses. This thesis paper aims to provide examples of why the non-technical analyses are also important in good systems engineering.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sega, Ron
Commitee: Chong, Edwin, France, Robert, Young, Peter
School: Colorado State University
Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: MAI 54/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Aerospace engineering, Electrical engineering, Systems science
Keywords: FTISs, Inerting, Obiggs
Publication Number: 1573120
ISBN: 978-1-321-49245-3
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