7th Aircraft Structural Design Conference

7 October 2020 - 9 October 2020

The Univeristy of Limerick


Keynote Speaker: Joaquim Martins, Professor of Aerospace Engineering, The University Michigan

The Royal Aeronautical Society’s 7th Aircraft Structural Design Conference is the only Conference in Europe dedicated to aircraft structures and materials.

This year’s Conference will address the challenges facing the designers of the next generation aircraft, as stricter environmental constraints and increasing pressure to reduce manufacturing and life-cycle costs mean the resulting aircraft will be complex, requiring the use of advanced or novel materials, multi-disciplinary design approaches and solutions operating in a distributed design environment. The Conference will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn about the latest technologies to meet these challenges head-on, so your work stays at the forefront of aircraft design. You'll have the chance to hear from leading industry experts and academia as they share their ideas so that you gain the knowledge needed to further your own research.

Working with the support of the University of Limerick, as with the previous Conference in this series, Speakers will address the current and future challenges facing the international aircraft design community. Progressively stricter environmental constraints, pressure for reductions in manufacturing and life-cycle costs coupled with a requirement for continual improvements in overall performance/efficiency factors are important influences. Not only are new and upgraded aircraft designs complex, but so is the supporting design software.

Hear recent updates on the following:
Structural Design - Design solutions for a range of emerging problems including: environmental constraints; requirements for preventative and corrective maintenance, improved safety and crashworthiness and the need for reducing the time to market.

Highly Novel Vehicles - Design and entry into service of future supersonic aircraft and commercial very high-altitude vehicles. Design issues that emerge from the desire to introduce electric or electric/hybrid aircraft is a growing topic area.

FRP and Advanced/Novel Materials - How Fibre Reinforced Plastics and hybrid fibre-metal laminates, and similar materials can be employed to improve structural performance, including morphing and tailoring taking into account cost and manufacture/fabrication process. How these material systems can be maintained in service through non-destructive testing and characterisation, real time structural health monitoring and subsequently remanufactured or re-cycled.

Computational Methods - Design and analysis methods involving multi-disciplinary or single discipline environments employing a range of discipline models from simple to complex. Improvements in the performance of these computational methods through the use of massively parallel computing facilities will be addressed. The design focus may be directed at flexible aircraft including active/adaptive structures and non-linear behaviour.

Digital Twins - How digital twins are assembled through a set of multidisciplinary models to provide a coherent design set. The role played by big data in this area can be discussed together with the need to ensure large data models are verified and validated.

Advanced Manufacture - Recent advances in additive layer manufacture and the linkage of the hardware to AI/KBE software systems are welcome. The manufacturing problems associated with the application in real design environments. Manufacturing issues relating to the use of CFRP in the creation and entry into service of wing structures that have aerodynamic adaptive features.

Call for Papers now open! Scroll down to see the Call for Papers for this year’s Conference.


The Univeristy of Limerick

University of Limerick, Limerick, V94 T9PX, Ireland​