CARGO COMPARTMENT OPTIMIZATION STUDY, ARMY TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT
ARMY AVIATION MATERIEL LABS FORT EUSTIS VA
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The purposes of this task were to formulate an appropriate study framework for investigating the effects of cargo-compartment size on the utility of Army transport aircraft and to collect the necessary basic data to support such a study. The ultimate objective was the development of a methodology that would enable the judicious design selection of optimal compartment dimensions. A workable methodology was derived following a thorough review of previous cargo-compartment sizing analyses for transport aircraft. This parametric-type analysis includes a fit-compatibility phase for deriving a set of minimum desirable compartment dimensions, a transport-efficiency phase for modifying these minimum dimensions if warranted from efficiency considerations, and a historical-comparison phase for comparing the design dimensions with those of previously built aircraft. Since an efficient compatibility between the aircraft and the transportable cargo is necessary to realize proper utilization of the aircraft capabilities, it is essential to conduct a thorough, detailed selection of the cargo-compartment dimensions early in the design phases for future Army transport aircraft.
- Transport Aircraft