Presentation Title

The Collapsible, Stowable, Tube Launched Unmanned Aerial Transport Vehicle

Start Date

12-11-2016 4:00 PM

End Date

12-11-2016 5:00 PM

Location

HUB 302-#1

Type of Presentation

Poster

Abstract

The application of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle’s (UAV’s) for both the commercial and military industries have grown significantly, particularly transport aircrafts that can be easily stowed and deployed. The 2016/17 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Design/Build/Fly competition has presented the Titan UAV program the opportunity to create a tube-launched UAV that will resemble such transport aircrafts. The guidelines require the team to design and manufacture a remote controlled aircraft that must carry a designated minimum payload weight and have collapsible flight and control surfaces. The UAV must also fit within a cylindrical launch tube, designed to also protect the aircraft during transportation and storage. Once removed from the launch tube, the UAV must be capable of being manually moved into flight position and hand launched. Ensuing tech inspection, the competition missions will consist an unloaded flight displaying aircraft functionality, a ground mission demonstrating the strength of the tube and aircraft, a speed flight showing aircraft efficiency when laden, and a range flight consisting of multiple laps verifying aircraft endurance. The three flight missions will directly optimize the aircraft type and its size constraints, needing a cargo bay large enough to transport an optimal number of pucks, but light enough in weight to do so in an efficient amount of time. Inputting theoretical calculations and geometries in ANSYS and XLFR computer programs will help finalize the aircraft design, providing numerical data to support every component characteristic. The UAV and its tube will be made up of durable, lightweight, and MATLAB strength simulation tested materials; fiberglass and balsa wood being ideal for the aircraft and variations of high density foam for the tube. Given specific parameters or design requirements, this aircraft system can be optimized to fit any consumer need.

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Nov 12th, 4:00 PM Nov 12th, 5:00 PM

The Collapsible, Stowable, Tube Launched Unmanned Aerial Transport Vehicle

HUB 302-#1

The application of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle’s (UAV’s) for both the commercial and military industries have grown significantly, particularly transport aircrafts that can be easily stowed and deployed. The 2016/17 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Design/Build/Fly competition has presented the Titan UAV program the opportunity to create a tube-launched UAV that will resemble such transport aircrafts. The guidelines require the team to design and manufacture a remote controlled aircraft that must carry a designated minimum payload weight and have collapsible flight and control surfaces. The UAV must also fit within a cylindrical launch tube, designed to also protect the aircraft during transportation and storage. Once removed from the launch tube, the UAV must be capable of being manually moved into flight position and hand launched. Ensuing tech inspection, the competition missions will consist an unloaded flight displaying aircraft functionality, a ground mission demonstrating the strength of the tube and aircraft, a speed flight showing aircraft efficiency when laden, and a range flight consisting of multiple laps verifying aircraft endurance. The three flight missions will directly optimize the aircraft type and its size constraints, needing a cargo bay large enough to transport an optimal number of pucks, but light enough in weight to do so in an efficient amount of time. Inputting theoretical calculations and geometries in ANSYS and XLFR computer programs will help finalize the aircraft design, providing numerical data to support every component characteristic. The UAV and its tube will be made up of durable, lightweight, and MATLAB strength simulation tested materials; fiberglass and balsa wood being ideal for the aircraft and variations of high density foam for the tube. Given specific parameters or design requirements, this aircraft system can be optimized to fit any consumer need.