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Coller, Brianno D.

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B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

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Department of Mechanical Engineering


This project was conducted with the sole intention of creating an aircraft to compete in the Society of Automotive and Aerospace Engineers (SAE) Aero Design Series open class competition in Marietta, Georgia. Beginning in the fall semester, as an independent study in aerodynamics, this culminated in a wing design at the end of the semester. After wing design, the rest of the aircraft, including the fuselage, landing gear, tail, and controls were designed to exceed the performance parameters of the competition. With an aircraft design settled on, the Aero Design Team was started on campus to help in the testing and construction ofthe aircraft. Due to time constraints, a prototype aircraft was not constructed. Instead, components of the aircraft were tested individually including a wing, landing gear, fuselage and test airfoils. After testing, the arduous task of constructing the aircraft was accomplished with the help of the Aero Design Team. The aircraft placed 5th of 6 teams, which is extraordinary in light of no experience and no aerospace engineering program.


Includes bibliographical references.


v, 68 pages




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