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Aeroelastic analysis of an unmanned aerial vehicle

Susuz, Umut
In this thesis aeroelastic analysis of a typical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) using MSC®FlightLoads and Dynamics module and MSC®NASTRAN Aero 1 solver was performed. The analyses were carried out at sea level, 1000m, 2000m and 4000m altitudes for Mach Numbers M=0.2, 0.4 and 0.6 for the full model of the UAV. The flutter characteristics of the UAV for different flight conditions were obtained and presented. The effect of altitude on flutter characteristics has been examined and compared with the theoretical and experimental trends in the literature. Also the divergence characteristics of the full model UAV was obtained. In the study, some verification and test cases are also included. The results of the analyses of an untapered swept-wing and AGARD 445.6 wing models were compared with wind tunnel data and a maximum error of 1.3 % in the flutter speed prediction was obtained. In two different wing models the effect of taper was investigated.