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Design, fabrication and experimental testing of IIUM free wing unmanned aerial vehicle (IIUM-FWUAV)

Omar, Ashraf Ali E. and Kurban, Adel (2011) Design, fabrication and experimental testing of IIUM free wing unmanned aerial vehicle (IIUM-FWUAV). Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, 5 (6). pp. 381-389. ISSN 1991-8178

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In this work, IIUM’s first free wing unmanned aerial vehicle model (IIUM-FWUAV) was designed, fabricated, tested and investigated experimentally. In constructing the aerial vehicle, the initial weight was estimated and the wing size, fuselage size and aerodynamic forces were determined, after which optimization was carried out. The experimental work was conducted in IIUM low speed closed circuit wind tunnel. The effects of angle of attack and Reynolds number were examined and discussed. Foam, fiber glass, carbon fiber, wood, aluminum and steel were the main materials used to build the experimental model. The experimental data is presented in terms of pressure coefficient distribution, flow visualization, lift and drag coefficient. The effect of angle of attack and Reynolds numbers were studied. The experimental results showed that for free wing UAV the distribution of pressure coefficients behaves differently compared to the fixed wing UAV. The results also showed that the use of free wing configuration can delay flow separation.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 4441/2113
Uncontrolled Keywords: UAV; Free Wing; Design; Fabrication; Flight Testing, wind tunnel testing, pressure, aerodynamics forces
Subjects: T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics > TL500 Aeronautics
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Engineering
Kulliyyah of Engineering > Department of Mechanical Engineering
Depositing User: Prof. Ashraf Omar
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2011 14:11
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2012 13:45
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/2113

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