Faculty Advisor

Olinger, David J.

Abstract

The purpose of this project was to improve the aerodynamic analysis of the Solid State Aircraft, a conceptual aircraft that uses ionic polymeric metal composites and photovoltaics to form a solar-powered flapping-wing aircraft By improving the airfoil shape and optimizing the flapping motion, we were able to determine the various altitudes, latitudes and the times of year the aircraft would be capable of flying for the planetary environments of Mars, Venus and Earth.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2005

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Program

Mechanical Engineering

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