Development of a Micro Air Vehicle

Watkins, S 2003, 'Development of a Micro Air Vehicle', The Aeronautical Journal, vol. 107, no. 1068SPEC, pp. 117-123.

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Title Development of a Micro Air Vehicle
Author(s) Watkins, S
Year 2003
Journal name The Aeronautical Journal
Volume number 107
Issue number 1068SPEC
Start page 117
End page 123
Total pages 7
Publisher Royal Aeronautical Society
Abstract The aerodynamic characteristics of five planar flying wing planforms suitable for micro air vehicles (MAVs) are investigated via a series of wind-tunnel tests. The external boundary of the five planforms result from slender carbon fibre (CF) struts under various degrees of buckling. The maximum lift/drag ratios were similar for all the (quite different) shapes but the stall characteristics were found to be markedly different. Results are presented of cross-plane traverses detailing the wake vector field and turbulence characteristics for two of the planforms at conditions close to stall. A MAV, based on mylar-covered buckled CF struts, is described. The MAV utilises elevon control based on modified commercially available micro radio control systems.
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