Design, manufacture and testing of UAV aircraft fuselage

Dobinson, Christopher (2009). Design, manufacture and testing of UAV aircraft fuselage B.Sc Thesis, School of Engineering, The University of Queensland.

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Author Dobinson, Christopher
Thesis Title Design, manufacture and testing of UAV aircraft fuselage
School, Centre or Institute School of Engineering
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2009
Thesis type B.Sc Thesis
Supervisor Richard Morgan
Total pages 70
Language eng
Subjects 0901 Aerospace Engineering
0913 Mechanical Engineering
Formatted abstract
A fuselage capable of competing in the 2009 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Outback challenge was designed, manufactured and tested. An iterative process was used to develop the final design of the fuselage and its integration with wings and payload. It was designed to be capable of carrying a 6kg payload consisting of precision optics and automation electronics under the most extreme loading cases expected.

The final design was manufactured out of fibreglass set with polyester resin to a thickness of 1mm with reinforcing batons 5mm by 10mm running the length of the fuselage. Aluminium tubes were used as wing spars to join the wings to the fuselage. These were fibre glassed into place. The fuselage was integrated with the wings and basic flight electronics for flight testing.

The flight testing was successful and the flight parameters shown in Table 1 were found.

The manufacturing method used was found to be unrepeatable without further outlay and was highlighted as a point that could be improved upon should this project be continued.
Keyword UAVs

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