Project Proposal For The 2008 Society of Automotive Engineers Aero Design Competition Kyle Bowell, Joseph Hodgin, Brett Jackson, Sean Smith, Steve Sulhoff, Dave Wiedmeyer Advisors: Mr. Dana Haugli and Professor Steve Holland Department of Aerospace Engineering Iowa State University 30 August 2007 Purpose The purpose of this project is to design, build, and fly a model aircraft as part of the Society of Automotive Engineers Aero Design West Competition. The event is held April 4-6, 2008, in Fort Worth, Texas. The competition also requires a written design report and an oral presentation, which are scored along with the performance of the aircraft. The rules of the competition state that an original design must be used, and there should be minimal help from faculty or professionals. This competition gives engineering students practical experience applying knowledge learned in the classroom. Cost Part Comment Cost Motor- Jett Engineering Also need tuned pipe, but must call $425+ BSE .76 for price Radio-JR 6102FM + High $350 Torque Servos Registration Fee $450 Transportation/Hotel-Fort Only gas and hotel are taken into $1000 Worth, TX consideration because vehicle cost/fee is currently unknown Aircraft/Accessories/Tools Composites, foam, test materials, $500 wood. *Guess because type and cost of composites are unknown Total Cost (Approximate) $2800 Competition Objectives The open class was chosen for this competition. The primary objective is to build a model aircraft that will lift the highest gross payload. The Academy of Model Aeronautics limits the total aircraft weight to 55 lbs. The engine is a reciprocating engine with a maximum displacement of 0.80 cubic inches. The width of the landing gear, wheel to wheel, is limited to 15 inches. Another restriction is that the take off and landing area will be an undeveloped airstrip 200 ft long. Once airborne the aircraft must complete one lap while also incorporating a 360º turn in the opposite direction and land on the same runway. The aircraft will earn points for the weight of its payload, a successful flight bonus with at least 15 lbs payload lifted, and its error in predicting the payload to be carried. Goals -Successfully apply engineering concepts learned in the classroom to a real-world problem. - Gain experience functioning as a team of engineers in order to accomplish a complex, long- term task. - Learn about the aircraft design process. This includes tasks such as preliminary analysis and design, prototype building, and performance testing. -Be competitive with the other teams with respect to aircraft design and presentation quality.
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