AuthorPavek, Jacob Benjamin
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis report presents the process, analysis, and results of the Dynamically-Scaled Research Testbed, a ⅓ scale airplane of the X-56A MUTT designed and built by Lockheed-Martin. The purpose of this scaled airplane is to provide a research platform to investigate flow-separation and boundary layer transition. The customer requested a modular airplane that can have different wings attached, as well as a detachable tail section for flight stability and pilot training. This necessitates the following modular elements: Fuselage section, detachable empennage, sets of different wings, and swappable landing gear. This team set about analyzing ways to structurally support the wings, flight stability and performance with and without a tail, building molds to manufacture all airframe components, and wing bending testing and oscillatory measurement to ensure our airplane meet project requirements. Project accomplishments and challenges are discussed at the conclusion. All team members contributed in a number of ways due to the variety of engineering related fields encompassed in this project. Manufacturing, structural analysis, and purchasing were my primary areas of specialty.
Degree ProgramHonors College