The purpose of this paper is to find the optimum configuration of the composite launch tube currently being developed in Roketsan. The winding thicknesses and winding angles of the launch tube are selected as design variables, and three different composite material alternatives are evaluated: glass/epoxy, carbon/epoxy and aramid/epoxy.
In this study, structural optimization of a composite launch tube of man portable air defense system is conducted. To achieve a cost-effective design, a cost scoring table that includes structural weight, material cost, availability and manufacturability is first introduced. Then, optimization for minimum weight is conducted, where the winding thicknesses and winding angle are taken as design variables, and the safety factor value obtained by using the Tsai–Wu damage criterion is used as constraint. A surrogate-based optimization approach is used where various options for surrogate models are evaluated. Glass/epoxy, carbon/epoxy and aramid/epoxy are considered as alternative materials for the launch tube. Finally, the selection of the most cost-effective design is performed to achieve optimum cost.
Carbon fiber-reinforced epoxy matrix material provides the optimum cost-effective design for the launch tube.
The findings of the paper can be used to design more cost-efficient composite launch tube currently being developed in Roketsan.
The existing studies are based on a design approach to achieve minimum weight of the launch tubes, whereas this study introduces a design approach to achieve optimum cost.
Funding provided by Roketsan Missiles Industries Inc. is greatly acknowledged.
Yar, E. and Acar, E. (2021), "Structural optimization of a composite launch tube of man portable air defense system", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 93 No. 5, pp. 809-820. https://doi.org/10.1108/AEAT-01-2021-0002
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