Linn, Anthony B.
Olinger, David J.
This project involved the analysis, design, and fabrication of an aircraft meeting the requirements of the 2014 SAE Aero Design Competition, Micro-Class. Best competition scoring favored an aircraft of maximum payload that could be loaded into a 24”x18”x8” box. The team used various tools including wind tunnel and mathematical modeling to determine the Micro’s aerodynamics and power characteristics. Final design used a combination of conventional and high performance materials, balsa, carbon fiber, and UltraCote wing covering. Configuration was conventional with 4 wing panels totaling 90” span using an 1100 W motor. Outer wing panels were given +8 degrees of dihedral to permit two-axis control. The Micro is expected to carry 5-10 pounds of payload at speeds of 25-35 ft. /sec.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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