Areas of expertise
- Aircraft Design
BackgroundHoward Smith has particular interests in advanced aircraft configuration design, the design of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and aircraft static loads analysis. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Senior Member of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He was recently awarded a Boeing Welliver Faculty Fellowship, a position previously given to only one non-US citizen since 1995.
Current activitiesProf Howard Smith is head of the Aircraft Design Group at Cranfield University's School of Engineering. His multidisciplinary team excels at the integration of technologies, such as structures, airframe systems and avionics, to find solutions to aviation related challenges such as the environment, defence and airline operations. He has been responsible for the creation of a wide range of innovative aircraft concept studies.
Howard Smith currently teaches aircraft conceptual design and aircraft loads analysis to graduate students from all over the world. The unique approach to teaching emphasises learning and assessment through immersion in virtual industrial team projects. The scale of the projects initiated is probably unique in the academic world and attracts interest from aerospace manufacturers and operators alike.
Articles In Journals
- Kang L, Yicheng S, Smith H & Junkui M (2023) The effects of the degree of hybridisation on the design of hybrid-electric aircraft considering the balance between energy efficiency and mass penalty, Aerospace, 10 (2) Article No. 111.
- Wei C, Lin G, Huang J, Song L & Smith H (2022) Flight testing verification of lateral-directional dynamic stability of gliding birds due to wing dihedral, Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, 94 (11) 29-44.
- Kang L, Sun Y & Smith H (2022) MDAO method and optimum designs of hybrid-electric civil airliners, Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 35 (4).
- Sun Y & Smith H (2022) Design and operational assessment of a low-boom low-drag supersonic business jet, Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 236 (1) 82-95.
- Martinez Fernández A & Smith H (2020) Effect of a fuselage boundary layer ingesting propulsor on airframe forces and moments, Aerospace Science and Technology, 100 (May) Article No. 105808.
- Giannopoulos IK, Grafton K, Guo S & Smith H (2020) Damage tolerance of CFRP airframe bolted joints in bearing, following bolt pull-through failure, Composites Part B: Engineering, 185 (March) Article No. 107766.
- Rajendran P & Smith H (2020) Experimental analysis of small solar ummanned aerial vehicle to predict aerodynamic performance, INCAS Bulletin, 12 (4) 173-182.
- Sepulveda E & Smith H (2019) Impact of mission requirements on the design of low observable UCAV configurations, Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, 91 (10) 1295-1307.
- Gomez A & Smith H (2019) Liquid hydrogen fuel tanks for commercial aviation: structural sizing and stress analysis, Aerospace Science and Technology, 95 (December) Article No. 105438.
- Sun Y & Smith H (2019) Low-boom low-drag optimization in a multidisciplinary design analysis optimization environment, Aerospace Science and Technology, 94 (November) Article No. 105387.
- Sun Y & Smith H (2019) Low-boom low-drag solutions through the evaluation of different supersonic business jet concepts, The Aeronautical Journal, 124 (1271) 76-95.
- Rajendran P & Smith H (2018) Experimental study of solar module and maximum power point tracking system under controlled temperature conditions, International Journal on Advanced Science, Engineering and Information Technology, 8 (4) 1147-1153.
- Sepulveda E, Smith H & Sziroczak D (2018) Multidisciplinary analysis of subsonic stealth unmanned combat aerial vehicles, CEAS Aeronautical Journal, 10 (2) 431-442.
- Rajendran P & Smith H (2018) Sensitivity analysis of design parameters of a small solar-powered electric unmanned aerial vehicle, Journal of Engineering Science and Technology, 13 (12) 3922-3931.
- Rajendran P & Smith H (2018) Development of design methodology for a small solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicle, International Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 2018 Article No. 2820717.
- Smith H, Sziroczák D, Abbe GE & Okonkwo P (2018) The GENUS aircraft conceptual design environment, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Early online (8).
- Rajendran P & Smith H (2018) Experimental assessment of various batteries and propellers for small solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicle, Journal of Engineering and Technological Sciences, 50 (3) 382-391.
- Rajendran P, Mazlan NM & Smith H (2017) Single cell Li-Ion polymer battery charge and discharge characterizations for application on solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicle, Key Engineering Materials, 728 428-433.
- Sepulveda E & Smith H (2017) Technology challenges of stealth unmanned combat aerial vehicles, The Aeronautical Journal, 121 (1243) 1261-1295.
- Sun Y & Smith H (2017) Review and prospect of supersonic business jet design, Progress in Aerospace Sciences, 90 (April) 12-38.
- Abbe G & Smith H (2016) Technological development trends in Solar-powered Aircraft Systems, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 60 (July) 770-783.
- Rajendran P & Smith H (2016) Modelling of solar irradiance and daylight duration for solar-powered UAV sizing, Energy Exploration and Exploitation, 34 (2) 235-243.
- Sziroczak D & Smith H (2016) A review of design issues specific to hypersonic flight vehicles, Progress in Aerospace Sciences, 84 (July) 1-28.
- Jiménez Manzanera RA & Smith H (2015) Flight in nature II: How animal flyers land, The Aeronautical Journal, 119 (1213) 281-299.
- Jiménez Manzanera RA & Smith H (2015) Flight in nature I: Take-off in animal flyers, The Aeronautical Journal, 119 (1213) Article No. 4202 257-280.
- Rajendran P & Smith H (2015) Implications of longitude and latitude on the size of solar-powered UAV, Energy Conversion and Management, 98 (July) 107-114.
- Rajendran P & Smith H (2015) Review of solar and battery power system development for solar-powered electric unmanned aerial vehicles, Advanced Materials Research, 1125 641-647.
- Rajendran P, Smith H & Hazim bin Masral M (2014) Modeling and simulation of solar irradiance and daylight duration for a high-power-output solar module system, Applied Mechanics and Materials, 629 (Chapter 9) 475-480.
- Rajendran Parvathy & Smith Howard (2014) The Development of a Small Solar Powered Electric Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems, Applied Mechanics and Materials, 465-466 (Chapter 3) 345-351.
- Smith H & Rajendran P (2014) Review of the Elementary Aspect of small Solar-Powered Electric Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, 8 (15) 252-259.
- Smith H (2014) Airframe integration for an LH2 hybrid-electric propulsion system, Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, 86 (6) 562-567.
- Okonkwo P & Smith H (2014) Packaging in a Multivariate Conceptual Design Synthesis of a BWB Aircraft, World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Journal of Chemical, Molecular, Nuclear, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, 8 (6) 1059-1068.
- Linares C, Lawson CP & Smith H (2013) Multidisciplinary Optimisation Framework for Minimum Rotorcraft Fuel and Air Pollutants at Mission Level, The Aeronautical Journal, 117 (1193) 749-767.
- Fielding JP, Mills A & Smith H (2010) Design and manufacture of the DEMON unmanned air vehicle demonstrator vehicle, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 224 (G4) 365-372.
- Chudoba B, Coleman G, Smith H & Cook MV (2008) Generic stability and control for aerospace flight vehicle conceptual design, Aeronautical Journal -New Series-, 112 (1132) 293-306.
- Smith H (2007) A review of supersonic business jet design Issues, The Aeronautical Journal, 111 (1126) 761-776.
- Smith H (2007) The self-regenerating engineering design course: A top-down approach, International Journal of Engineering Education, 23 (1) 141-149.
- Loughlan J, Thompson SP & Smith H (2002) Buckling control using embedded shape memory actuators and the utilisation of smart technology in future aerospace platforms, Composite Structures, 58 (3) 319-347.
- Smith H (2001) U-99 uninhabited tactical aircraft preliminary structural design, Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, 73 (1) 31-56.
- Smith H (1997) Advanced short take‐off vertical landing combat aircraft: part 2 ‐ the powerplant installation, Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, 69 (1) 3-18.
- Smith H (1997) Systems design for an advanced short take-off vertical landing combat aircraft - Part 3, Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, 69 (2) 129-144.
- Smith H (1996) The structural design of an advanced short take-off vertical landing combat aircraft - part 1, Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, 68 (6) 3-17.
- Gao Z & Smith H (2020) Blended wing body with boundary layer ingestion conceptual design in a multidisciplinary design analysis optimization environment. In: 2020 AIAA SciTech Forum, Orlando, Florida, 6-10 January 2020.
- Smith H & Sun Y (2020) Design case of the E-19 AEOLUS supersonic business jet. In: AIAA Aviation 2020 Forum, Online, 15-19 June 2020.
- Sun Y, Smith H & Chen H (2020) Conceptual design of low-boom low-drag supersonic transports. In: AIAA Aviation 2020 Forum, Online, 15-19 June 2020.
- Sepulveda E & Smith H (2019) Conceptual design of a fifth generation unmanned strike fighter. In: AIAA Scitech 2019 Forum, San Diego, 7-11 January 2019.
- Sun Y & Smith H (2018) Supersonic business jet conceptual design in a multidisciplinary design analysis optimization environment. In: 2018 AIAA/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, AIAA SciTech Forum, Kissimmee, FL, 8-12 January 2018.
- Sun Y & Smith H (2018) Sonic boom and drag evaluation of supersonic jet concepts. In: 24th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference, 2018, Atlanta, 25-29 June 2018.
- Okonkwo P & Smith H (2014) Packaging in a Multi Conceptual Design Synthesis of a BWB Aircraft. In: 16th International Conference on Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (ICAAE 2014), New York, USA, 5-6 June 2014.
- Fielding JP, Stocking P & Smith H (2010) Comparison of fuel burn and noise characteristics of novel aircraft configurations. In: 27th Congress of International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, Nice, 19 September 2010.
- Mistry S, Smith H & Fielding JP (2008) Novel design concepts for aircraft with reduced noise and global warming characteristics. In: 26th Congress of International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences, 2008, Anchorage, 14 September 2008.
- Mistry S, Smith H & Fielding JP (2007) Development of novel aircraft concepts to reduce noise and global warming effects. In: 7th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference, 2007, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 18-20 September 2007.
- Chudoba B & Smith H (2003) A Generic Stability and Control Methodology for Noval Aircraft Conceptual Design. In: AIAA atmospheric flight mechanics conference and exhibit, 2003, Austin, Texas, 11-14 August 2003.
- Smith H & Laskaridis P Airframe integration for LH2 fuelled distributed propulsion systems. In: ISABE 2015: 22nd International Symposium on Air Breathing Engines, Phoenix, AZ, 25-30 October 2015.
- Sun Y & Smith H Turbofan airliner conceptual design in multidisciplinary design analysis optimization environment. In: 1st International Conference in Aerospace for Young Scientists (ICAYS 2016), Beijing, 12 November 2016 - 13 March 2017.
- Fielding JP & Smith H
FLAVIIR, An Innovative University/Industry Research Program for Collaborative Research and Demonstration of UAV Technologies. In: 25th International Congress of the Aeronautical Sciences, Hamburg, Germany, 3 September 2006.
- Siegers F & Smith H Numerical Synthesis Methodology for Conceptual Design of New Generations of Combat Aircraft. In: 1st AIAA aircraft engineering, technology, and operations congress, Los Angeles, 19 September 1995.
- Smith H Collage of Aeronautics Blended Wing Body Development Programme. In: 22nd International Congress of Aeronautical Sciences, 2000, Harrogate, 27 August 2000.
- Ghoreyshi MG, Pilidis P, Yarf-Abbassy A & Smith H Analysis of An Exhaust Nozzle Performance Integrated With Co-Flow Fluidic Thrust-Vectoring. In: 18th International Symposium of Air Breathing Engines (ISABE), 2007, Beijing, 3 September 2007.
- Smith H (2012) Innovation in supersonic passenger air travel. In: Innovation in aeronautics. Young T, Hirst M (ed.), Cambridge: Woodhead Publishing, p. 155-193.
- Mistry S, Smith H & Fielding JP (2009) Commercial Aircraft Design for Reduced Noise and Environmental Impact. In: Variational Analysis and Aerospace Engineering. Buttazzo G, Frediani A (ed.), New York: Springer, p. 291-312.