Aircraft design question

Date:         16 Mar 2001 05:56:19 
From:         Dafydd ab Hugh <>
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Dear aerospace engineers;

My wife is an aerospace engineering student at Cal Poly Pomona, and
for her senior thesis, she is supposed to design a passenger window
for a future single-stage-to-orbit (SSTO) vehicle.  This vehicle would
take some number of passengers from a vertical takeoff into orbit or a
suborbital arc and back down to a horizontal landing on a commercial
airport runway.  Think of Reagan's 1980s proposal of an "Orient

But she's been unable to find any publications that discuss designing
passenger windows on commercial jets, hypersonic aircraft, spacecraft,
or anything else.

There must be something out there; engineers build airplanes with
passenger windows, so somebody knows how to design them!

Specifically, she needs to learn how to size the window and how to
analyze stress across the window and the surrounding structure,
including the interfaces between the window and the window frame;
material analysis for the window; and heat-transfer analysis on the
window.  Does anybody on this newsgroup know of a textbook that
can teach this sort of analysis, or commercially available
aviation-analysis software -- preferably not in the thousands of
dollars <g> -- that can perform it?

Are they similar to cockpit canopies, or completely different beasts?
If similar, is there any publication giving the formulas for analyzing

Please help -- we're getting desperate!  If you want to e-mail, please
remove the NO and the SPAM from the e-mail address before sending.

Thank you for any help you can give us.

             Dafydd ab Hugh