Experimental investigation on box-wing configuration for UAS

Barcala Montejano, Miguel Angel and Cuerno Rejado, Cristina and Gandia Agüera, Fernando and Rodriguez Sevillano, Angel and Del Giudice, S. (2011). Experimental investigation on box-wing configuration for UAS. In: "•UNMANNED AIR VEHICLE SYSTEMS. INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE. 26TH 2011", 11/04/2011 - 12/04/2011, Bristol (Great Britain). ISBN 978-1-61839-065-3. pp. 1-18.

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Title: Experimental investigation on box-wing configuration for UAS
Author/s:
  • Barcala Montejano, Miguel Angel
  • Cuerno Rejado, Cristina
  • Gandia Agüera, Fernando
  • Rodriguez Sevillano, Angel
  • Del Giudice, S.
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: •UNMANNED AIR VEHICLE SYSTEMS. INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE. 26TH 2011
Event Dates: 11/04/2011 - 12/04/2011
Event Location: Bristol (Great Britain)
Title of Book: 26th International Conference on Unmanned Air Vehicle Systems 2011
Date: 11 April 2011
ISBN: 978-1-61839-065-3
Subjects:
Faculty: E.U.I.T. Aeronáutica (UPM)
Department: Aerotecnia [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

The range for airframe configurations available for UAS is as diverse as those used for manned aircraft and more since the commercial risk in trying unorthodox solutions is less for the UAS manufacturer. This is principally because the UAS airframes are usually much smaller than the manned aircraft and operators are less likely to have a bias against unconventional configurations. One of these unconventional configurations is the box-wing, which is an unconventional solution for the design of the new UAS generation. The existence of two wings separated in different planes that are, however, significantly close together, means that the aerodynamic analysis by theoretical or computational methods is a difficult task, due to the considerable interference existing. Considering the fact that the flight of most UAS takes place at low Reynolds numbers, it is necessary to study the aerodynamics of the box wing configuration by testing different models in a wind tunnel to be able to obtain reasonable results. In the present work, the study is enhanced by varying not only the sweepback angles of the two wings, but also their position along the models’ fuselage. Certain models have shown being more efficient than others, pointing out that certain relative positions of wing exists that can improve the aerodynamics efficiency of the box wing configuration.

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Item ID: 19299
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/19299/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:19299
Official URL: http://toc.proceedings.com/12402webtoc.pdf
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 27 Mar 2014 16:02
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2016 17:33
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