This paper suggests a means of estimating wing weight using formulae based on the theoretical ideal wing. The predicted wing weight is attained by multiplying the weight of the ideal wing by a correction factor derived from a statistical analysis of actual wing weights. The method has the advantage that it provides the designer with a yardstick by which to compare alternative designs and indicates where improvement might be effected.
Solvey, J. (1951), "The Estimation of Wing Weight: A Method of Predicting Structural Weight by Relating the Design to an Ideal Wing", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 23 No. 5, pp. 143-146. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb032033
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