FURI | Spring 2023

Parametric Modeling and Sizing of Small Fixed-Wing UAVs

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Obtaining quick and accurate structural and mass property estimates in the early stages of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) design is often challenging due to a limited number of tools for projects of this scale. Research was conducted on the feasibility and set-up of parametric models capable of iterating through and analyzing a wide range of geometric configurations. Several essential components including landing gear and wing structure were modeled allowing for the optimization of weight based on expected loads.

Student researcher

Lucas Michael Van Noord

Aerospace engineering

Hometown: Berkeley, California, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2025