Modelling & Analysis of a TiltWing Aircraft

University essay from KTH/Flygdynamik

Author: Felix Rubin; [2018]

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Abstract: The aim of this report is the investigation of a hybrid vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) tilt wing aircraft which is in development at the company Dufour Aerospace. Using a model, programmed in MATLAB® different stages of flight can be simulated and investigated. Maininvestigation area of this report is the transition between cruise and hover conditions of the aircraft.The simulation is based on the six-degree-of-freedom nonlinear equations of motion for aircraft modified for tilt wing operation. The model characteristics have been determined using various CFD programs, wind tunnel data, as well as numerical and handbook methods.The main focus of modeling lies on the static longitudinal aerodynamic coefficients, the propeller and engine coefficients as well as a propeller slipstream model. Furthermore lateral directional aerodynamic coefficients and dynamic effects and a tail blower (Notar) system are modeled.As results, aerodynamic characteristics of the wing in the propeller slipstream are shown and discussed and the transition conditions are investigated by ’trimming’ the model at equilibrium points over its speed range and analyzing the resulting power requirements.

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