Ciaraldi, Michael J.
Olinger, David J.
The goal of this project was to design and construct a remote controlled aircraft to compete in the Micro Class of the 2013 SAE Aero Design West Competition. The aircraft had to be as light as possible, carry a high payload fraction, and be stowed in a box with interior dimensions of 24"x18"x8". The final design is a flying wing that has a wingspan of 35 in, weighs 0.4 lb and is capable of carrying a payload of over 1.35 lb. The aircraft was assembled using a jig, which facilitated rapid construction and minimized construction flaws. By combining detailed analysis of aerodynamics, structures, and materials with flight testing, the team developed a refined aircraft that put WPI in 4th place out of 29 universities, and in the 1st position among US teams at the competition.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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