Linn, Anthony B.
An unmanned aerial vehicle was designed and built for the AIAA Design Build Fly 2015 competition. To meet the mission requirements, including speed and weight, the aircraft is designed to have a 10-foot wingspan and 14 inch chord with dihedral and a conventional tail wing configuration. To minimize the weight without durability cost, tubular carbon fiber spars and balsa ribs were used to construct the wings. The 5-foot fuselage consists of bulkheads made from balsa ply connected longitudinally by carbon fiber tubes. An 18 inch diameter propeller driven by a brushless DC motor generates the thrust. The aircraft has a 5 pound payload capability. By combining detailed analysis of aerodynamics, structure, and material with flight test, the team has refined the aircraft design.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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