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Title: Development of morphing UAV
Authors: Tan, Chun Sing.
Keywords: DRNTU::Engineering::Mechanical engineering
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: Morphing wings are the subject of intensive research interest today due to their potential to improve aircraft versatility for multiple mission requirements. This report focuses on the development of a morphing UAV model with variable wing camber which is able to transform between airfoil NACA23015 with E423. The morphing mechanism is designed and fabricated, and to be actuated by electrical servo motors. These changing in airfoil profile allow the UAV to maximize lift during take-off and landing, while minimizing drag during cruising. The morphing mechanism is carefully evaluated and tested, all the critical supporting structures are being analyzed using the finite element method, to ensure that the UAV is able to sustain under the designed loading parameters. Despite the variable camber, the UAV also incorporate the feasibility of variable swept wing for future research purposes. The wing box is built to include the variable swept wing mechanism, and the 3 points flexural test is conducted on the wing box structure, to ensure that the wing box is able to withstand the moment generated by the wings. Next, the fuselage of the UAV is built, which includes the selection and evaluation of motor as well as installation of landing gears. Finally, test fly is conducted to study the improvement of flying characteristic that brought by the morphing wings.
Schools: School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
Appears in Collections:MAE Student Reports (FYP/IA/PA/PI)

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