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Design Optimization and Aerodynamic Analysis of a Hybrid Blended Wing Body-VTOL Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Delhi Technological University-Pranav Bahl, Vikas Rastogi, Amit bainsla, Nitin Sharma
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-0472
To be published on 2020-04-14 by SAE International in United States
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) can be effectively used to serve humanitarian relief efforts during environmental disasters. Designing such UAVs presents challenges in optimizing design variables such as maximizing endurance, maneuverability and payload capacity with minimum launch and recovery area. The Blended Wing Body (BWB) is a novel aircraft configuration offering enhanced performance over conventional UAVs. Designing a blended wing configuration UAV takes into account interdependency between aerodynamic performance and stability. Designing BWB is peculiar and is investigated in this paper with a view to achieve an aerodynamically stable and structurally sound configuration. The designed UAV is a hybrid of a tailless blended-wing-body and a tri-copter configuration with two forward tilt motors for transition into cruise flight after vertical take-off and back to multirotor while landing (VTOL-Vertical Take Off and Landing). The BWB is iteratively optimized in XFLR-5 for Dynamic and static stability. The wing design was optimized for aerodynamic and structural fitness in MATLAB using Meta-heuristic optimization methodology based on genetic evolutionary algorithm. The 3D CAD design was conceived on SolidWorks and analyzed in Pressure…
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Design of Elevons for a Hybrid VTOL-Blended Wing Body Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Delhi Technological University-Amit Bainsla, Vikas Rastogi, Pranav Bahl
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-0047
Published 2020-03-10 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.