AIAA DBF Conference Paper
Writing the Rules: An inside Look at the AIAA Student Design/Build/Fly Competition
C. Bovais, Naval Research Lab, Washington, DC; D. Levy, Cessna Aircraft Company, Wichita, KS; G. Page, ITT Advanced Engineering Sciences, Alexandria, VA; S. Powell, , Manchester, TN; M. Selig, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL; and T. Zickuhr, Cessna Aircraft Company, Wichita, KS. Presented at then 6th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration and Operations Conference (ATIO), AIAA-2006-7832, Sept 2006.
This paper distributed with permission of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. (9/28/07)
International Team Resources
Specific information and resources for International Teams are available in
Resources - International Teams.
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ESTECO supports AIAA DBF teams with free ESTECO Academy membership, including access to modeFRONTIER MDO platform and dedicated training sessions and materials.
FlightStream is an advanced surface vorticity solver capable of using surface paneling to produce high fidelity load calculations for subsonic aircraft. FlightStream has extensive geometry import capabilities including CAD import with onboard meshing. FlightStream also has a compliment of post processing tools and is fully scriptable for angle of attack sweeps, optimization, and interfacing with other tools. Both surface and instream flow parameters are available from FlightStream along with surface and instream streamline generation. Email
Roy Harfield to learn more.
MachUp is airframe design, analysis, and optimization software just released this year. It offers a user-friendly web-based GUI for initial design, and a downloadable "Pro" version that links to Matlab and/or Python for detailed design, optimization, or parameter sweeps. Blucraft offers full MachUp licensing to DBF teams for free. Visit
email to learn more (10/26/17)
Teams can use MATLAB and Simulink to design and validate their aircraft as well as simulate mission profiles. MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software for engineers and scientists, developing products like MATLAB and Simulink. MATLAB combines a desktop environment tuned for iterative analysis and design processes with a programming languages that expresses matrix and array mathematics directly. Simulink is a graphical programming environment for multidomain simulation and Model-Based Design. Simulink is integrated with MATLAB, enabling you to incorporate MATLAB algorithms into models and export simulation results to MATLAB for further analysis. Request complimentary software for the competition and find training resources.
Provides its academic partners with industrial strength software to make sure that students build the skills they need to contribute from day one in their new job. Products include: Simcenter™ software, NX™ software, Solid Edge® software, Tecnomatix® software and Teamcenter® software. Also included are: Mentor Graphics’ Capital® software, PADS® software, Calibre® software, Questa® software, Tessent® software and FloEFD™ software.
Launched in 2013, SimScale is an online computer-aided engineering platform for finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, and heat transfer. SimScale is free to use for students and educators. For more information email
Pictures: Unofficial DBF Web Pages (General and Teams)
AIAA DBF UAV Design Project 2015:
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The Many Crashes of DBF 2014
2015 UML AIAA - Design Build Fly Video