Abstract

Rotor-powered drones continue to grow in popularity in private and government sectors. The use of these drones in challenging environments and in high stakes applications calls for a certain level of robustness and redundancy. Often, these drones are equipped with sets of paired coaxial rotors, which not only improve the performance of the vehicle, but also ensure that a failure of one motor does not constitute the failure of the whole vehicle. Some applications such as extraterrestrial exploration, which use these coaxial rotors, can benefit from a wing shaped rotor arm to reduce drag and increase lift, extending mission lifetime. This work explores the design of one such coaxial rotor-wing system, using computational fluid dynamics to assess the system performance in a pair of flight conditions. Various parameters of the wing design are adjusted to ascertain the optimal configuration to satisfy various performance criteria.

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Graduation Date

2021

Semester

Summer

Advisor

Kinzel, Michael

Degree

Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering (M.S.A.E.)

College

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Program

Aerospace Engineering; Thermofluid Aerodynamic Systems

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0008759; DP0025490

Language

English

Release Date

8-15-2021

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

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