Project Title: Aerodynamic Modeling, Measurements and Simulation
Team 1441 Members:
Christopher Drawert, aerospace engineering
Steven Goodyke, mechanical engineering
Rolland Prempeh, aerospace engineering
Daniel Simmons, mechanical engineering
Austin Taylor, systems and industrial engineering
Team 1441 is expanding the capabilities of the wind tunnel in the University of Arizona’s aerospace and mechanical engineering department.
“We’re building a mount to allow a UAV to turn 90 degrees in the tunnel, keeping the neutral point of the aircraft in the center of the wind tunnel and minimizing interference effects on the edges of the plane,” said team member Daniel Simmons. “We transformed what was a simulation design into a more mechanical design using a five-component balance to get six degrees of freedom.”
Sensintel research scientist and 2013 UA alumnus Aaron Farber has been following the team’s progress.
“What these guys are doing — taking a five-scale balance and turning it into a six-degree balance — is remarkable. This piece of hardware will hopefully be able to be used by many teams and many research projects to come in the new AME wind tunnel,” he said. “You read a book, you do the math problems — it only gets you so far. This is a great opportunity to get the students into a real-world experience where they’re able to understand what all their class and lab work has been going toward.”
Added team member Christopher Drawert, “It’s nice to work with other engineers you haven’t worked with before. This is going to be really useful when we enter the workforce.”