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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Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering (M.S.A.E.)
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace Engineering; Thermofluid Aerodynamic Systems
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Yeager, Tadd, "Optimization of a Wing Supporting a Coaxial Rotor for Multiple Flight Conditions" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 788.