Date of Award

Fall 11-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Program/Concentration

Aerospace Engineering

Committee Director

Sharan Asundi

Committee Member

Holly Handley

Committee Member

Miltos Kotinis

Abstract

A study of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) applied to a small-lift launch facility is presented. The research uses Systems Modeling Language (SysML) products and functional diagrams to document the structure, controls, electrical power, hydraulic, safety mechanisms, software, and fluid ground systems on a launch pad. The research is motivated by the need to design complex systems with an unambiguous understanding that improves communication, quality, productivity, and reduces risk. A model is developed following the ISO/IEC-15288 technical process framework. The stakeholder requirements are defined and analyzed to provide traceability to individual systems and subsystems. An architectural design is realized and implemented by generating engineering artifacts such as Piping and Instrumentation drawings (P&ID) and a hydraulic circuit diagram. The architecture is verified and validated by performing engineering trade studies focused on the fuel and pneumatic systems.

DOI

10.25777/b713-zf77

ORCID

0000-0001-8596-4092

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