Conceptual design methods for small-scale supersonic uncrewed aerial vehicles

dc.contributor.advisorJohansen, Craig
dc.contributor.advisorRamirez-Serrano, Alex
dc.contributor.authorDalman, Benjamin
dc.contributor.committeememberStarkey, Ryan
dc.contributor.committeememberChiba, Kazuhisa
dc.contributor.committeememberWood, David
dc.date2021-11
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-24T13:43:39Z
dc.date.available2021-09-24T13:43:39Z
dc.date.issued2021-09-20
dc.description.abstractAn investigation of conceptual design methods used for small-scale supersonic uncrewed aerial vehicles (SSUAV) was performed to facilitate future SSUAV design work. Verification and validation analyses of the Stanford University Aerospace Vehicle Environment (SUAVE) was conducted for various fidelity aerodynamics, stability, and propulsion modules. A new weights module, tailored for SSUAV concepts, was developed and implemented into SUAVE. The performance of a new SSUAV concept, the University of Calgary multipurpose unmanned fixed-wing advanced supersonic aircraft (MUFASA), was assessed and compared to two existing designs (GOJETT and M2011). Performance metrics of takeoff distance, maximum flight Mach number, and cruise range were used. As each vehicle design is different, a system was setup to compare them across differing scales. A variety of factors related to this scaling system were examined for their influence on vehicle performance metrics, including off-design turbojet performance, available fuel volume, and predicted empty weights. GOJETT was found to be feasible (capable of completing a full supersonic mission) at a wide range of sizes, while MUFASA required an increase from the existing vehicle size to be feasible. The M2011 did not have any feasible sizes under the system used. The smallest feasible SSUAV was found to have a takeoff mass of 13.41kg.en_US
dc.identifier.citationDalman, B. (2021). Conceptual design methods for small-scale supersonic uncrewed aerial vehicles (Master's thesis, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada). Retrieved from https://prism.ucalgary.ca.en_US
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.11575/PRISM/39273
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1880/113956
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisher.facultySchulich School of Engineeringen_US
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Calgaryen
dc.rightsUniversity of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.en_US
dc.subjectAircraften_US
dc.subjectConceptualen_US
dc.subjectDesignen_US
dc.subjectUAVen_US
dc.subjectSupersonicen_US
dc.subject.classificationEngineering--Aerospaceen_US
dc.titleConceptual design methods for small-scale supersonic uncrewed aerial vehiclesen_US
dc.typemaster thesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEngineering – Mechanical & Manufacturingen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Calgaryen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science (MSc)en_US
ucalgary.item.requestcopytrueen_US
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