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Distributed Framework for Micro Aerial Vehicle Design Automation
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Machine Design. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Machine Design. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Machine Design. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2008 (English)In: Proceedings from the 46th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, 7 - 10 January, Reno, NV, USA, AIAA , 2008, 140- p.Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Micro or mini aerial vehicles are characterized by being simple and inexpensive to build, and due to their small size very important to optimize. They are also likely to be built in relatively small series and be tailored for the sensors and equipment available at the time of deployment. Therefore "design and build on demand" is very attractive, where a modular concept with a more or less automated design process is desirable. In this paper design automation of a Micro or Mini Aerial Vehicle (MAV) is demonstrated using a distributed design optimization framework that involves selections of components from a database of propulsion system equipment and geometrical shape optimization. The framework links together a CAD system, responsible for the aircraft shape generation, with a panel code for aerodynamic evaluations.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
AIAA , 2008. 140- p.
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13308ISBN: 978-1-62410-128-1 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13308DiVA: diva2:18278
Conference
46th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, 7 - 10 January, Reno, NV, USA
Available from: 2008-05-21 Created: 2008-05-21 Last updated: 2012-10-17Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. On Aircraft Conceptual Design: A Framework for Knowledge Based Engineering and Design Optimization
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On Aircraft Conceptual Design: A Framework for Knowledge Based Engineering and Design Optimization
2008 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis presents a design framework where analytical tools are linked together and operated from an efficient system level interface. The application field is aircraft conceptual design. Particular attention has been paid to CAD system integration and design optimization.

Aircraft design is an inherently multidisciplinary process. The goal is to search for the design that, in the best of possible ways, fulfills the requirements. It is therefore desirable to be able to effectively investigate and analyze solutions from a variety of points of view, weighting together the results and gathering a general figure of merit. At the same time, increasing competition on a global market forces to shorten the design process and to reduce costs. Thus a system that allows a tight and efficient integration of different disciplines and improving data flow and storage plays a key role.

Integrating a CAD system to the framework is of central relevance. The geometrical model includes most of the information; specific data, required to carry out particular analysis, can be extracted from it. This is possible adopting parametric associative models that are controlled from a spreadsheet user interface. Strategies for building CAD models with a very high degree of flexibility are presented. Not only the external shape can be changed, but also the internal structure can be completely modified. Structural elements can be added or removed, and their position and shaping changed.

In this work the design of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is used as test case for comparing three different optimization algorithms. The presented framework is also used for automatically design Micro Aerial Vehicles, starting from a short list of requirements and ending with a physical prototype produced by a rapid prototyping machine.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling, 2008. 38 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Thesis, ISSN 0280-7971 ; 1366
National Category
Information Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-11873 (URN)978-91-7393-880-8 (ISBN)
Presentation
2008-05-23, A33, Hus A, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 10:15 (English)
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Available from: 2008-05-21 Created: 2008-05-21 Last updated: 2009-04-23Bibliographically approved
2. Aircraft Design Automation and Subscale Testing: With Special Reference to Micro Air Vehicles
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Aircraft Design Automation and Subscale Testing: With Special Reference to Micro Air Vehicles
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation concerns how design automation as well as rapid prototyping and testing of subscale prototypes can support aircraft design. A framework for design automation has been developed and is applied specifically to Micro Air Vehicles (MAV). MAVs are an interesting area for design automation as they are an application where the entire design, from requirements to manufacturing, can indeed be automated. From a complexity point of view it can be considered to be similar to conceptual design of manned aircraft.

The created design optimization framework interfaces several software systems to generate MAVs to optimally fulfil specific mission requirements. The goal has been to find a method for MAV design and optimization from a holistic viewpoint, i.e. not a method for optimizing single subsystems, such as motor or propeller, but a method that embraces all disciplines of MAV design. Key drivers have been the use of off-the-shelf components wherever possible and to optimize the geometric shape not just from an aerodynamic perspective, but also to consider internal component placement and stability criteria. The optimization technique chosen is a multi-objective genetic algorithm. Finally, a novel method for direct digital manufacturing of MAVs is proposed.

The utility of the framework has been demonstrated with several case studies on MAV design. The propulsion system is identified as most influential on MAV performance and thus is where it is most important to have accurate models. For this reason the models used in the framework are experimentally validated. The influence of atmospheric winds and turbulence on MAV performance is also experimentally investigated

The subscale testing efforts are aimed at reducing cost and increasing the usability of flight testing with subscale vehicles. Data acquisition system design is described and low-cost testing methods are presented, such as car top testing or in-flight flow visualization. Two subscale flight projects are also presented.

Abstract [sv]

Den här avhandlingen handlar om hur konstruktionsprocessen av flygplan kan stödjas dels genom förbättrade analysverktyg, s.k.  konstruktionsautomation, och dels genom metoder för att snabbt och billigt kunna tillverka och testa nedskalade prototyper.

Konstruktion av flygplan är ett komplext område som innefattar många tätt sammanlänkade underdiscipliner. Ett lyckat flygplan är således en väl avvägd kompromiss mellan alla dessa discipliner. Dagens hårda konkurrens, krav på miljö, samt tekniska komplexitet ökar kraven på att framtidens flygplan måste vara bättre optimerade än idag. Traditionell flygplanskonstruktion kan ses som en sekventiell process där man stegvis förfinar konstruktionen en disciplin i taget. Med modern datorkraft och beräkningsprogram kan denna process delvis automatiseras varpå man på ett tidigare stadium kan ta hänsyn till fler discipliner. Många av de steg som tidigare genomförts sekventiellt kan nu göras parallellt. Det ökar möjligheten att nå en optimal konstruktion, samt minskar riskerna för att man tidigt bygger in fel i konstruktionen som är kostsamma att rätta till i ett senare skede. I den här avhandlingen beskrivs hur sådan konstruktionsautomation kan genomföras med hjälp av multidisciplinär optimering och en sammankoppling av ett flertal programvaror. Detta har speciellt applicerats på så kallade ”micro air vehicles” (MAV).

En MAV kan beskrivas som en luftfarkost av en sådan storlek att den enkelt kan bäras och skötas av en person. I princip ett flygplan i samma storleksklass som fåglar. I Sverige benämns dessa ofta som ”micro UAV”. Nyttan med MAVs är många sett både från ett militärt och civilt perspektiv. Typiska användningsområden är spaning/övervakning inom polis, militär och räddningsverksamhet, samt kartering, meterologi, gränsbevakning, jordbruksinventering etc. Den konstruktionsautomation som har utvecklats möjliggör att generera MAVs optimerade för givna prestandakrav och önskad nyttolast. I optimeringen så genereras den optimala skrovformen, val av framdrivningssystem, samt placering av interna komponenter. Slutligen så tillverkas den genererade farkosten genom en 3D skrivare. Avhandlingen lägger även vikt vid att experimentellt validera de beräkningar som ligger till grund för optimeringen.

Det andra spåret i avhandlingen behandlar ämnet konceptutvärdering genom nedskalade modeller. Att bygga och testa fysiska modeller är egentligen inget nytt inom flygkonstruktion. Avhandlingen visar dock hur man med modern teknik kan göra detta billigare än tidigare och samtidigt öka nyttan. Miniatyriseringen av elektronik gör att det idag går att utrusta radiostyrda demonstratorer med avancerade mätsystem varpå värdefull data kan insamlas. Vikten av att kunna testa fysiska prototyper ökar alltjämt som flygindustrin blir allt mer teoretisk. Tiden mellan olika flygplanskonstruktioner blir också längre, samt att behovet för nya radikala konstruktioner ökar för att möta de strama miljökraven. Att snabbt och billigt kunna utvärdera prototyper blir därför en allt viktigare del för att hålla kompetensen på en hög nivå. Avhandlingen behandlar skalning, konstruktionsmetoder, instrumentering och testning.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2012. 100 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Dissertations, ISSN 0345-7524 ; 1480
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-84673 (URN)978-91-7519-788-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2012-11-23, ACAS, A huset, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 10:15 (English)
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Available from: 2012-10-17 Created: 2012-10-17 Last updated: 2012-10-31Bibliographically approved

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