Faculty Advisor

Ciaraldi, Michael J.

Faculty Advisor

Evans, Simon

Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J.

Abstract

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.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013

Major

Computer Science

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Computer Science

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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