June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
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Novel Aeronautical Engineering Student Projects: Developing Ultra-Light-Weight Aerial Vehicle Design and Proof of ConceptFor students studying aeronautical engineering, one of the most exciting and motivatingcomponents of their curriculum is often their experience with novel aeronautical engineeringstudent projects. In this paper, a novel inflatable structure concept is suggested for the design andmanufacture of ultra-light-weight aerial vehicles, for example personal glider planes, human-powered planes, UAVs and outer-space devices.The structure is fully collapsible when deflated permitting simple storage and easytransportation. Unlike previously known pressurized aeronautical structures, the concept yieldsflush aerodynamic surfaces similar to those obtainable by rigid structures, therefore assuringundisturbed air flow. Wings can be constructed with twist and dihedral geometry. In addition, thestructure is capable of morphing during flight, permitting variation of its airfoil camber tooptimize vehicle performance according to needs. The structure consists of three basiccomponents, i.e., spar, rib and skin each inflated a different pressure. All components are formedfrom flexible thin lamina. The spars are tapered cylinders preferably reinforced with fibers. Ribsexactly reproduce wings and fuselage contour at its particular station. The skin rests on the ribs’outer perimeter. The structure exhibits very high strength-weight ratio so as to allow the designof a 10 meter wing span human-powered plane weighting about 10 kilogram. A pilot couldeffortlessly carry such ultra-light-weight plane over his or her shoulders while running for safetakeoff or controlled landing. Such truly unassisted and controllable human-powered flightwould symbolize achieving the long sought-after dream of flying almost like birds.This paper will present a brief description of the novel design described above, and will alsopresent alternatives for integration into various levels of aeronautical engineering curricula. Theauthors are keen on providing support for one or several engineering programs to incorporate thenovel student project, where there is interest and support from the faculty and institution.
Trucco, H. A., & Trucco, M. Y. (2011, June), Novel Aeronautical Engineering Student Project: Developing Ultra-Light-Weight Aerial Vehicle Design and Proof of Concept Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18342
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