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International Journal of Aerospace Engineering
Volume 2009, Article ID 735680, 7 pages
Research Article

Systems Engineering in Terms of Exergy

Multidisciplinary Technologies Center, Air Vehicles Directorate U. S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433, USA

Received 11 March 2009; Accepted 21 July 2009

Academic Editor: Hui Hu

Copyright © 2009 José A. Camberos and David J. Moorhouse. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We address the design of a flight vehicle from the viewpoint of a system of systems and we discuss the integration of the individual technical disciplines. Then a conceptual fundamental methodology and tools required for the analysis, design, and optimization of aerospace vehicles in terms of the efficient use of on-board energy are discussed. This suggests changing the design paradigm to the optimization of a system of energy systems. We propose a foundation for system-level design with optimization based on minimum exergy destruction.