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Design of Elevons for a Hybrid VTOL-Blended Wing Body Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
ISSN: 0148-7191, e-ISSN: 2688-3627
Published March 10, 2020 by SAE International in United States
The two primary requirements for a safe flight of a UAV are its stability and manoeuvrability. The purpose of this study is to design and validate elevons for a UAV having Blended Wing Body configuration which requires knowledge of various domains applied in a complex combination. Elevons are the unconventional control surfaces for the flying wings which will cause a pitching moment when moved in same direction and will cause a rolling moment when moved differentially and their preliminary design is affected by the function which is dominant. A MATLAB© code was written to decide the position, shape and size of elevons and later on accurately evaluated using high fidelity Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations. The MATLAB© code calculates the required roll time rate taking into consideration the longitudinal and lateral control requirements. Using this coupled approach of MATLAB© code and Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations significant optimization is achieved in designing the elevons.