Faculty Advisor

Gatsonis, Nikolaos A.

Faculty Advisor

Richman, Mark W.

Abstract

The Sonobuoy Precision Aerial Drop (SPAD) vehicle developed by KaZaK Composites, launched from an aircraft will pilot a sensor package to the ocean surface. This project evaluates a spring-loaded, an inflatable, a rubber, and a foam nose-cone concept for SPAD. Results from aerodynamic analysis of the nose cone are used in structural analysis performed with ANSYS. Fabrication and experimentation with selected concepts supports the analysis. The rubber nose concept conforms with the requirements for structural integrity, weight, functionality, and cost.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

September 2008

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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