Faculty Advisor

Evans, Simon

Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J.

Abstract

The goal of this MQP was to design, construct, and fly a remote control aircraft for the 2012 SAE Aero East Heavy Lift Competition, Micro Class. To remain competitive, the aircraft needed to maintain a high payload percentage, be simple to construct, stable at different weights, and durable. The detailed design of the aircraft was conducted using computer aided design software, and then the parts were manufactured from balsa wood using the laser-cutting machine. Throughout the design process, wind tunnel tests were performed on scaled models fabricated by the rapid prototype machine. Ultimately, a flightworthy aircraft was constructed that met competition requirements. Future tests will confirm aircraft design analysis.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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