Development of a Strategic Business Decision-Making Environment for Commercial Jet Engine Selection
Mavris, Dimitri N.
Briceño, Simón Ignacio
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In today?s business climate, aerospace companies are more than ever in need of rational methods and techniques that provide insights as to the best strategies which may be pursued for increased profitability and risk mitigation. However, the use of subjective, anecdotal decision-making remains prevalent due to the absence of analytical methods capable of capturing and forecasting future needs. Negotiations between airframe and engine manufacturers could benefit greatly from a structured environment that facilitates efficient, rational, decision-making. Creation of such an environment can be developed through a parametric physics-based, stochastic formulation that uses meta-models to expedite the process. This paper describes such an approach in order to demonstrate the types of insights that might be gained as an engine manufacturer tries to forecast the effects of uncertainties and future vehicle requirements on engine related characteristics for the design of a hypothetical regional business jet. Game theory concepts are suggested as a potential means by which one can attach business payoffs to the selection of any engine design point.