Design, Build and Fly
The intention of this minor is to design, construct and fly a fixed wing single engine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), which is capable of flying a predetermined automated mission and drop a small package of food. The wing must be build with composite materials and its span is limited to 2 m. EASA CS-23 demands for both climb performance and wing strength must be applied.
After the successful completion of this minor program, the student is able to:
- effectively manage and function within a multidisciplinary (model aircraft) design project;
- carefully weigh design demands and motivate all (multidisciplinary) design decisions;
- design a model aircraft using composite materials and integration of (of the shelf) autopilot technology;
- use Engineering software and simulators for design validation and prediction of (dynamic) behavior;
- practically construct a high quality model aircraft (from own technical drawings) using a mix of production and joining techniques;
- critically assess design quality (using data form practical testing);
- prepare and execute an unmanned 'mission' ensuring compliance with operational requirements and effectively managing risks.
Material cost: 50-150 euro per student (highly dependent on the choices made during the design and production phase).
Note: The registration period for HvA students is prior to the registration period for non-HvA students. This may mean that the minor is already full for the start of the Kies op Maat registration period.
The student masters the English language (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and is acquainted on the subject of mathematics and physics.
Total of 30 ECTS.
The minor consists of three parts:
- Aircraft concept design (10 ECTS)
- Aircraft detailed design and construction (10 ECTS)
- Mission execution and design evaluation (10 ECTS)
Assessment forms in these parts include:
- Project plan and concept design presentation & defense
- Simulator test, detailed design report, production plan, wing strength test and aircraft construction
- Mission execution, evaluation presentation & defense and evaluation report
- Anderson, J.D. JR. (2008). Introduction to Flight. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 9780071263184
- Lennon, A. (1996). Basics of R/C Model Aircraft Design: Practical Techniques for Building Better Models. Air Age. ISBN 9780911295405
- Raymer, D.P. (2002). Aircraft Design: A Conceptual Approach. 4rd Ed. AIAA Educational Series. ISBN 9781563478291
- Raymer, D.P. (2002). Simplified Aircraft Design for Homebuilders. Conceptual Research Corporation. ISBN 9780972239707
- Simons, M. (1999). Model Aircraft Aerodynamics. Trans-Atlantic Publications. ISBN 9781854861900
Roster will be published approximately 2 weeks before the start of the minor. On average, there will be approximately 20 hours of classes in a week.
However, full time commitment is required for successful completion of the assignment.