2017/18 Contest Year
CONTEST FLYOFF:
19 – 22 APRIL 2018

Reports

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Ethics

DBF is conducted consistent with the ethical standards of the engineering profession. All students individually and all teams collectively are expected to compete consistent with these standards. A copy of the ethical code of the National Society of Professional Engineers can be found here.

The applicable AIAA Ethics statement can be found here.

Proposal

Each team will submit a proposal as outlined below that will be judged.

Note: Proposals must strictly adhere to the following requirements. Failure to meet requirements will result in penalties that range from score reduction to elimination from the contest.

  • Proposals must have the University name on the cover page

Proposals missing this identification information will not be accepted

  • Absolute maximum page count for the proposal is 5 pages, the PDF reader "pages" value will be used as the official page count

Proposals exceeding the maximum page count will not be accepted

  • Proposal PDF must be formatted as 8.5” x 11" pages

Proposals will be scored on a 100 point basis following the guidelines outlined below.

All information used for scoring must be in the outlined sections. Content that is out of sequence will be treated as missing and scored accordingly.

All proposals must be one and one half line spacing, 10-pt Arial font. Tables and figures should be clear and readable for the judges. The proposals will be judged on format and readability.

ALL items requested below should be present, easy to locate and identify, well documented and in the correct section for full scoring.


Proposal Scoring Rubric

All section scores include format, completeness and readability

Executive Summary (10 points)

  • Objective Statement
  • Planned approach to achieve all objectives
  • Format, completeness, readability

Management Summary (40 points)

  • Describe the organization, the roles of each team and individual skill sets required
  • Organization chart (by team/function, individual names are not required for the proposal)
  • Schedule / Major Milestone chart
  • Budget (not only for expected materials and manufacturing of the airplane, but for travel to the competition site and any other expenses associated with the competition)
  • Format, completeness, readability

Conceptual Design Approach (20 points)

  • Describe the mission requirements (problem statement)
  • Preliminary design / sizing results; concept sketch, if available (does not have to be representative of the final design)
  • Sensitivity Study of Design Parameters
  • Format, completeness, readability

Manufacturing Plan (15 points)

  • Preliminary manufacturing flow
  • Describe critical processes or technologies required
  • Format, completeness, readability

Test Planning (15 points)

  • Component and ground test plan
  • Flight test plan
  • Format, completeness, readability

  • Submission of Proposal

    Each team must provide an electronic copy their proposal as outlined below to the online Submission site.

    • Electronic proposal must be named: “2018DBF_[university]_PROPOSAL.pdf"
    • Electronic proposal must be a single file with all figures/drawings included in the proper sequence in PDF format.
    • Electronic proposals should have all figures compressed to print resolution to minimize file size.
    • Electronic proposals must be less than 20 MB in size

    Proposals not following the name format or exceeding the file size will be rejected.


    Design report

    Each team will submit a design report as outlined below that will be judged.

    Note: Reports must strictly adhere to the following requirements. Failure to meet requirements will result in penalties that range from score reduction to elimination from the contest.

    • Reports must have the University name on the cover page.

    Reports missing this identification information will not be scored

    • Absolute maximum page count for the report is 60 pages, the PDF reader "pages" value will be used as the official page count.

    Reports exceeding the maximum page count will be given a 10 point penalty for each additional page

    • Report PDF must be formatted as 8.5” x 11" pages.
      • May use 11” x 17" pages for the drawing package
    • A separate stand-alone three view drawing must be submitted along with the report file. See description below in the electronic submission section.


    Reports will be scored on a 100 point basis following the guidelines outlined below.

    All information used for scoring must be in the outlined sections. Content that is out of sequence, including the drawing package, will be treated as missing and scored accordingly.

    All reports must be one and one half line spacing, 10-pt Arial font. Tables and figures should be clear and readable for the judges. The reports will be judged on format and readability.

    ALL items requested below should be present, easy to locate and identify, well documented and in the correct section for full scoring.

    Examples of winning team design reports from prior contest years are posted on the contest website. Note that the formatting and content has changed from one year to the next. Prior year reports may not reflect or meet the rules listed for the current year.


    Design Report Scoring Rubric

    All section scores include format, completeness and readability

    Executive Summary (10 Points)

    • Maximum of 2 pages. If exceeded, score as 0 points
    • Summary description of selected design and why it best meets the mission
    • Describe key mission requirements and associated design features
    • Document the performance/capabilities of your system solution
    • Format, completeness, readability

    Management Summary (5 Points)

    • Describe the organization of the design team
    • Chart of design personnel and assignments areas
    • Milestone chart showing planned and actual timing of major elements
    • Format, Completeness, Readability

    Conceptual Design (15 Points)

    • Describes mission requirements (problem statement)
    • Translate mission requirements into design requirements
    • Review solution concepts/configurations considered
    • Describe concept weighting and selection process and results
    • Format, Completeness, Readability

    Preliminary Design (15 Points)

    • Describe design/analysis methodology
    • Document design/sizing trades
    • Describe/document mission model (capabilities and uncertainties)
    • Provide estimates of the aircraft lift, drag and stability characteristics
    • Provide estimates of the aircraft mission performance
    • Format, Completeness, Readability

    Detail Design (15 Points + 15 Points for Drawing Package)

    • Document dimensional parameters of final design
    • Document structural characteristics/capabilities of final design
    • Document systems and sub-systems selection/integration/architecture
    • Document Weight and Balance for final design
    • Must include Weight & Balance table empty and with each possible payload
    • Document flight performance parameters for final design
    • Document Rated Aircraft Cost
    • Document mission performance for final design
    • Format, Completeness, Readability
    • Drawing package:
      • 3-View drawing with dimensions
      • Structural arrangement drawing
      • Systems layout/location drawing
      • Payload(s) accommodation drawing(s)

    Manufacturing Plan (5 Points)

  • Document the process selected for major component manufacture
  • Manufacturing processes investigated and selection process and results
  • Manufacturing milestones chart: plan and actual
  • Format, Completeness, Readability
  • Testing Plan (5 points)

    • Test Objectives and schedule
    • Test and flight check lists
    • Format, Completeness, Readability

    Performance Results (10 Points)

    • Describe the demonstrated performance of key subsystems
    • Compare to predictions and explain any differences and improvements made
    • Describe the demonstrated performance of your complete aircraft solution
    • Compare to predictions and explain any differences and improvements made Format, Completeness, Readability

    Bibliography (5 Points)

    • List of all published works referenced in the text must be present in this section.
    • Any material taken from a published source in all previous sections must have a numerical subscript corresponding to the appropriate citation in this section.
    • References should appear in numerical order.
    • Format should match AIAA provided guidelines:
      arc.aiaa.org/page/styleandformat?_ga=1.19023614.756532879.1456162686

    Submission of Design Report

    Each team must provide an electronic copy their design report as outlined below to the online Submission site.

    • Electronic report files must be named: “2018DBF_[university]_DESIGN_REPORT.pdf”
    • Electronic report must be a single file with all figures/drawings included in the proper report sequence in PDF format.
    • Electronic reports should have all figures compressed to print resolution to minimize file size.
    • Electronic reports must be less than 20 MB in size

    Stand Alone 3-view requirements:

    • A separate file with a one page 3-view drawing formatted to fit 8.5" x 11" paper must be submitted with the report for confirmation of the basic configuration. Note that this page does not count toward the report total
    • The 3-view file shall be named as per above: “2017DBF_[university]_THREE_VIEW.pdf”
    • The university and team names shall be clearly shown on the drawing
    • The 3-view file is limited to 2 MB in size

    Reports and three-views not following the name format or exceeding the file size will be rejected.


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