Brooke Bella Balogh, James Phillip Connell, Samuel Ross Dudley, Mark William Fosdike,
Craig Peter Lucas, Stephen Michael Robb, Tyler James Schembri and Peter Tsimopoulos
(Commenced: 01-Jan-2011, Concluded: 30-Nov-2011)
The Design and Build of an Aileronless Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
(UAV) was a project undertaken by a team of eight undergraduate students from
the University of Adelaide during 2011. Students from multidisciplinary
engineering backgrounds each provided a unique skillset as the team
investigated using dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma actuators as a
replacement for mechanical ailerons; devices which were dubbed 'plasmerons'.
These are light-weight, easily mounted means of circulation control with the
potential to be used as a method to achieve active roll control. Circulation
control has been an area of increasing interest and investigation in recent
years as it enables an enhancement of the lift and a reduction of the drag
produced by a conventional wing, which in turn reduces fuel consumption and
operating costs. The team researched and tested actuator con
After the initial extensive research stage, static plasma
actuator thrust tests, velocity pro
A structurally sound platform with complex airframe geometries was made possible through the use of composite materials and layup techniques. To provide functionality to the mechanical design, an avionics system was designed to ensure SPARC could be controlled effectively and enabled onboard data to be collected and consequently analysed throughout the flight testing phase. The plasmerons were integrated onto the platform with a multi-contingency fail-safe system in place to ensure safe and effective operation during testing.
Due to time constraints imposed upon the project, the flight testing phase was unable to be satisfactorily completed in time for report compilation. However the wind tunnel results definitively show a change in sectional lift coefficient sufficient to produce roll on the experimental platform can be produced by a plasmeron.
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