This paper presents a parametric study and an optimization approach, targeting the design of optimum mixed turbofan engines employed by long-range passenger aircraft. The first part of this paper concerns a parametric analysis carried out with the aim of highlighting the effects of principal design criteria on engine performance in terms of specific thrust and specific fuel consumption. The second part deals with the optimization to find the design parameters concurrently minimizing the specific fuel consumption at cruise. The backbone of the optimization approach consists of a genetic algorithm and a developed engine performance analysis method for both design point and off-design operations. This latter employs closed form analytical expressions instead of numerical solution using pre-defined components’ maps. This approach is deemed sufficient for simple feasibility studies carried out during the course of conceptual and preliminary designs. The strong coupling between the core and bypass streams has constrained the range of physical properties and reduced the space of search for the optimum. The results show possible benefits from utilizing the mixing of gases and a common propelling nozzle, which in some cases may increase the propulsive efficiency.

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