Date of Submission


Project Type

Senior Design


Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering

Primary Advisor

Adeel Khalid, Ph.D.


The objective of this design study and competition - Next Generation Supersonic Candidate Engine and Aircraft Design, is a response to a proposal and is motivated by NASA’s National Research Announcement in 2006. The requirements of this design study are provided by AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics). The aircraft designed is a private business class. The aircraft engine performs at a maximum speed of Mach 1.8 and supersonic cruise speed of Mach 1.6 at 55,000 feet and a range of 4000 nmi. A generated mission profile through considerations in flight regime will drive the design involved in the development of aircraft characteristics. Interior cabin configurations are expected to support seating for up to 100 passengers. Using parametric cycle analysis, computational fluid dynamics, and system modeling/experimentation, a refined aircraft and engine design will be produced. Detailed analyses to meet the baseline requirements involve interpretation of trends of current generation aircraft engines are considered for the finalized design. The performance of the aircraft engine will involve calculations on wave drag, supersonic turbulent flow, and integrated methods of design of the nacelle enveloped within the aircraft fuselage. Through these various iterative methods, considerations in supersonic aircraft propulsion and aircraft design are presented. Projected technical specifications are to be implemented for the next generation of supersonic aircraft expected to be debuted in 2025. A robust composition of advanced material composites, methods of manufacturing, and forecasted advancements in technology are utilized to develop a proposal for the next generation of supersonic aircraft.