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Evaluation of Automatically Designed Micro Air Vehicles and Flight Testing
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Machine Design. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Fluid and Mechanical Engineering Systems. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Fluid and Mechanical Engineering Systems. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2010 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The presented work is centered on the evaluation of Micro or Mini Air Vehicles (MAV) that have been automatically designed and manufactured. An in-house developed design framework uses several coupled computer software’s to generate the geometric design in CAD, a well as list of off the shelf components for the propulsion system, and computer code for autonomous flight ready to upload in the intended autopilot. The paper describes the experiences made so far regarding automation of the design process and of manufacturing. Furthermore, it presents results from evaluation and analysis of the optimization algorithm and flight testing, and from continuing work with the framework to achieve deeper understanding of the process and to fine-tune the design automation performance. The flight data is correlated to the predicted performances to validate the models and design process.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010.
Keyword [en]
Design automation, multidisciplinary optimization, MAV
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-62584OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-62584DiVA: diva2:373457
Conference
48th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting Including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition, Orlando, Florida, Jan. 4-7, 2010
Available from: 2011-11-10 Created: 2010-11-30 Last updated: 2011-12-16Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Geometry Based Design Automation: Applied to Aircraft Modelling and Optimization
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2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Product development processes are continuously challenged by demands for increased efficiency. As engineering products become more and more complex, efficient tools and methods for integrated and automated design are needed throughout the development process. Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) is one promising technique that has the potential to drastically improve concurrent design. MDO frameworks combine several disciplinary models with the aim of gaining a holistic perspective of a system, while capturing the synergies between different subsystems. Among all disciplines, the geometric model is recognized as playing a key role, because it collects most of the data required to any other disciplinary analysis. In the present thesis, methodologies to enable multidisciplinary optimization in early aircraft design phases are studied. In particular, the research aims at putting the CAD geometric model in the loop. This requires the ability to automatically generate or update the geometric model, here referred to as geometry-based design automation.

The thesis proposes the use of Knowledge Based Engineering (KBE) techniques to achieve design reuse and automation. In particular, so called High Level CAD templates (HLCts) are suggested to automate geometry generation and updates. HLCts can be compared to parametric LEGO® blocks containing a set of design and analysis parameters. These are produced and stored in libraries, giving engineers or a computer agent the possibility to first topologically select the templates and then modify the shape of each template parametrically.

Since parameterization is central to modelling by means of HLCts, a thorough analysis of the subject is also performed. In most of the literature on MDO and KBE two recurring requirements concerning the geometrical model are expressed: the model should be flexible and robust. However, these requirements have never been properly formulated or defined. Hence, in the thesis a mathematical formulation for geometry model robustness and flexibility are proposed. These formulations ultimately allow the performance of geometric models to be precisely measured and compared.

Finally, a prototyping and validation process is presented. The aim is to quickly and cost-effectively validate analytical results from an MDO process. The proposed process adopts different manufacturing techniques depending on the size and purpose of the intended prototype. In the last part of the thesis, three application examples are presented. The examples are chosen from research projects that have been carried out at Linköping University and show how the proposed theoretical results have been successfully employed in practice.

Abstract [sv]

Kraven på ökad effektivitet utmanar ständigt  produktutvecklingsprocessen. I och med att ingenjörsprodukter blir allt mer komplexa, växer genom hela utvecklingsprocessen behovet av verktyg och metoder för integrerad och automatiserad design. Multidisciplinär Design Optimering (MDO) är en lovande teknik som kan drastiskt förbättra parallell design. I ett MDO ramverk är flera disciplinära modeller sammankopplade för att uppnå ett holistiskt systemperspektiv, men där synergierna mellan olika delsystem också kan fångas upp. Bland alla möjliga discipliner spelar geometrimodellen en central roll, eftersom den innefattar en stor del av all information som är nödvändig för andra disciplinära analyser.

I avhandlingen studeras ett flertal metoder för att möjliggöra multidisciplinär optimering i de tidigaste faserna av flygplansdesign. I synnerlighet är forskningen riktad mot att införa geometriska CAD modeller i designloopen. Det blir därmed nödvändigt att kunna automatiskt generera eller uppdatera geometriska modeller, vilket i avhandlingen kallas för ”geometribaserad design automation”.

Avhandlingen förordar att Knowledge Based Engineering (KBE) tekniker används för att konstruktioner skall kunna automatiseras och återanvändas. Så kallade Hög Nivå CAD mallar (på engelska High Level CAD templates – HLCts) föreslås för att automatiskt generera och uppdatera geometrimodeller. HLCts kan jämföras med parametriska LEGO® klossar som innehåller variabler för design och analys. Mallarna kan samlas i bibliotek; därefter har konstruktörer eller dator agenter möjligheten att först topologiskt välja en mall och sedan ändra på dess utförande genom utvalda parametrar.

Eftersom parameterisering är ett centralt begrepp för HLCt principen, föreslås även en fördjupad analys av ämnet. I stor del av MDO och KBE litteraturen ställs det två återkommande krav på geometrimodellen: modellen bör vara flexibel och robust. Eftersom dessa krav aldrig har getts en formell formulering, förordas i avhandlingen en matematisk beskrivning av modellrobusthet och - flexibilitet. Tack vore formuleringen är det möjligt att noggrant mäta och jämföra till vilken grad geometriska modeller fungerar.

Slutligen presenteras en valideringsprocess baserad på kostnadseffektiva prototyper som används för att snabbt bekräfta analytiska resultat från MDO ramverket. Den föreslagna processen nyttjar olika tillverkningsmetoder, beroende på prototypens tänkta storlek och användning. I sista delen av avhandlingen presenteras även tre applikationsexempel, valda från forskningsprojekt som har bedrivits på Linköpings universitet och som visar hur de teoretiska resultaten har kommit till användning i praktiken.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2012. 87 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1418
National Category
Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-73109 (URN)978-91-7519-986-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2012-01-27, C4, Hus C, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 10:15 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2011-12-16 Created: 2011-12-16 Last updated: 2011-12-21Bibliographically approved

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