Lifting body design and CFD analysis of a novel long range pentacopter, the TILT LR drone
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
In the thesis, a lifting body has been designed aiming to generate lift force for the pentacopter, called TILT LR (Long Range), at higher velocities during flights to improve the aerodynamic performances. The configuration, which is used as the skeleton of the long range drone for up to 75 kilometers flights, is based upon a tilting system allowing the rotors to rotate around their own axis in both pitch and roll angles. This offers the possibility to the TILT LR flying withoutany vertical excess thrust at a proper angle of attack and velocity. This new drone can be directly applied to missions require long flight time or cover long distance, such as Search & Rescue(SAR), power lines and off-shore structures inspection, fire monitoring or surveillance. Several main CAD models have been created during the process of design and presented in the report together with the final design. For each model in the process, CFD simulations have been applied to observe the behaviors of the flows around the surfaces of the body during steady flights, followed by a brief analysis for further modification. A series of simulations with varying velocities and angle of attack have been performed for the final design, analyzing its performances under different air conditions. Flight envelope of the design has been presented also, together with some ideas of possible further studies on the pentacopter.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 76 p.
Lifting body, CFD, Mesh, Multi-rotor, Drone, Aerodynamic, Simulation
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-194494OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-194494DiVA: diva2:1040703
Subject / course
Wallin, Stefan, Adj. lektor
Gutierrez Farewik, Lanie, Docent