Aerodynamic design of a RC model airplane for SAE Aero Design
Tutor / director / evaluatorTrillas i Gay, Enric
Document typeBachelor thesis
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This project focuses on the aerodynamic design of a RC model airplane for the SAE Aero Design competition of 2016. It solely includes the aerodynamic design, thus, no structural / mechanical analysis nor manufacturing process are described. The SAE Aero Design is a collegiate competition based on designing, building and flying and airplane with the highest payload possible. The aerodynamic design defines the shape of the airplane and its external components: wing, fuselage and tail. Detailed analysis is conducted to estimate the lift and drag forces, which determine the performance in flight. The main objective is to design an airplane to win the competition, hence, the payload lifted by the airplane is the relevant parameter to maximize. The project aims to develop a design capable of lifting a minimum gross weight of 22 kg. The project outcome shows the design of an airplane capable of lifting more than 22 kg of gross weight. Theoretical and empirical equations and analysis are used along the design project to come up with the promising final results.