Presentation Title

Solid Model Design and Fabrication for Prandtl-m

Faculty Mentor

David Berger

Start Date

18-11-2017 10:00 AM

End Date

18-11-2017 11:00 AM

Location

BSC-Ursa Minor 78

Session

Poster 1

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

engineering_computer_science

Abstract

The Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars (PRANDTL-M) is a flying wing design that utilizes an airfoil inspired by Ludwig Prandtl. This airfoil has a twisted wing which produces upwash at the wingtips and therefore proverse yaw. This innovative and complex design increases the stability of the plane and eliminates the need for a tail. Also the stable and streamlined nature of the airfoil allows for flight at very low Reynolds numbers of approximately 20,000 which are reasonably attainable for subsonic flight in the low density atmosphere of Mars. Consistent and complete testing has been undertaken using multiple airframes which utilize foam, each with various avionics. As foam is not durable over long time scales and rigorous flight testing there is a need for repeatable and robust airframes with consistent avionics placement. The primary task of this work is to adapt a current SolidWorks model, to the needs of a machine to produce an airframe mold. This mold will be used to produce a robust-consistent airframe for flight testing and integration of control systems, avionics, and relevant hardware. The mold and associated airframe process will be used to produce multiple airframes allowing for optimization of control systems design. In addition to the airframe design process, a SolidWorks model has been adapted to a 3-D print process that enables us to size electronics inside a realistic model of the avionics bay and provides for more accurate integration of the electronics. The combination of these resources aims to produce a streamlined process for design and fabrication of the PRANDTL-M.

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Solid Model Design and Fabrication for Prandtl-m

BSC-Ursa Minor 78

The Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars (PRANDTL-M) is a flying wing design that utilizes an airfoil inspired by Ludwig Prandtl. This airfoil has a twisted wing which produces upwash at the wingtips and therefore proverse yaw. This innovative and complex design increases the stability of the plane and eliminates the need for a tail. Also the stable and streamlined nature of the airfoil allows for flight at very low Reynolds numbers of approximately 20,000 which are reasonably attainable for subsonic flight in the low density atmosphere of Mars. Consistent and complete testing has been undertaken using multiple airframes which utilize foam, each with various avionics. As foam is not durable over long time scales and rigorous flight testing there is a need for repeatable and robust airframes with consistent avionics placement. The primary task of this work is to adapt a current SolidWorks model, to the needs of a machine to produce an airframe mold. This mold will be used to produce a robust-consistent airframe for flight testing and integration of control systems, avionics, and relevant hardware. The mold and associated airframe process will be used to produce multiple airframes allowing for optimization of control systems design. In addition to the airframe design process, a SolidWorks model has been adapted to a 3-D print process that enables us to size electronics inside a realistic model of the avionics bay and provides for more accurate integration of the electronics. The combination of these resources aims to produce a streamlined process for design and fabrication of the PRANDTL-M.