Faculty Advisor

Linn, Anthony B.

Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J.


The objective of this project was to design, analyze and build an aircraft meeting the requirements of the 2014 SAE Aero Design Competition, Micro Class. Competition scoring rules favor an aircraft carrying maximum payload but fitting disassembled into an 8"x18"x24" box. Wing was 6 equal length panels, totaling 10.6' span. This required a Balsa, Basswood and carbon fiber construction using sandwich beam theory. Lateral control was accomplished with spoilers and a rudder, longitudinal control with elevators. Structural, aerodynamic, propulsion and stability analyses were performed using numerical and experimental methods and CFD. Aircraft parts were designed for automated manufacture using laser cutting and 3D printing. Empty weight is 3.5 lbs with a useful payload of 8 lbs flying at 8 m/s.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2014


Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering