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A study on implementing high efficiency subsystems in large Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Group Members
Aditya Santosh, Alan Patrick, Calvin Irawan, Herijanto Titus, Treneman Vikash, Tank Yik, Chirt Teoh
Professor Jim Scanlan
A study to evaluate the efficiency of subsystems for large unmanned aircraft, reviewing new technologies, such as wing tip propulsion and variable pitch propulsion. Improving the efficiency of aircraft by testing these new systems, to evaluate how effective, they are in practice, rather than in theory. A small aircraft was designed implementing these subsystems and its performance evaluated.

The impacts of such studies can result in less fuel consumption and lower costs for flights. Better efficiency reduces emissions and lessens environmental impact. This is particularly true for long range aircraft such as those used to deliver humanitarian aid or transport were even slight improvements in efficiency result in huge cost reductions.

The aim was to design an aircraft around these system improvements and to aid in the evaluation of how effective they are. A modular wing that allowed the re-positioning of the propulsion unit was a key aim to test against a baseline conventional aircraft.

The aircraft and all components were simulated using aerodynamic and structural analysis before manufacture, a number of structural tests on each component and then a set of whole system test flights were performed.

The design displays a number of key technologies, allows the fair testing of propulsive units and allowed a whole systems evaluation of these new technologies.