This paper presents the design and manufacture of the first European Very Long-Endurance Stratospheric Unmanned Air Vehicle, HeliPlat® (HELIos PLATform). This vehicle is a monoplane with eight brushless motors, a twin-boom tail type and two rudders. A computer program has been developed to carry out the platform design. To minimize airframe weight, high modulus carbon fibre composite material has been used extensively. Airfoil coordinates and wing planform have been optimized in order to achieve the best possible aerodynamic efficiency by using integral panel/boundary-layer methods and also to obtain the minimum possible induced drag with respect to local Reynolds airfoil. To this effect, several wind-tunnel tests were carried out so as to compare the analytically predicted airfoil performances. After an initial configuration had been worked out, a scale technological demonstrator (wing span 24 m) was designed, manufactured, and tested under shear, bending, and torsion loads. Finite element analysis was also carried out in order to predict the static and dynamic behaviour of both the full-size and scale model versions of the HeliPlat structure. The preliminary static test resulted in a high correspondence.
HeliPlat: Design, Aerodynamic Structural Analysis of Long-Endurance Solar-Powered Stratospheric Platform / ROMEO G.; FRULLA G; CESTINO E; CORSINO G. - In: JOURNAL OF AIRCRAFT. - ISSN 0021-8669. - 41:6(2004), pp. 1505-1520. [10.2514/1.2723]
|Titolo:||HeliPlat: Design, Aerodynamic Structural Analysis of Long-Endurance Solar-Powered Stratospheric Platform|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2004|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/1.2723|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|