Abstract Title

Blended Wing Aerodynamic Research

Faculty Mentor Name

None

Format Preference

Poster

Abstract

Society of Women Engineers Research Committee

In this study, a blended wing body (BWB) aircraft model was designed, and has been fabricated and tested with the objective of maximizing aerodynamic efficiency as well as determining if boundary layer ingestion from top surface mounted engines results in less drag. The purpose of this study is to prove that BWB aircraft designs are more efficient than traditional cylindrical fuselage and wing designs. Wind tunnel testing as well as computational fluid dynamic (CFD) analysis has been done to support this hypothesis. Drag reduction from boundary layer ingestion as well as a more aerodynamic body are the two focus points of this project. Showing that both of these factors are improved by using a BWB design (and thus result in less energy required to fly) is the goal of this study.


Location

AC1-ATRIUM

Start Date

4-10-2015 1:00 PM

End Date

4-10-2015 3:30 PM

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Apr 10th, 1:00 PM Apr 10th, 3:30 PM

Blended Wing Aerodynamic Research

AC1-ATRIUM

Society of Women Engineers Research Committee

In this study, a blended wing body (BWB) aircraft model was designed, and has been fabricated and tested with the objective of maximizing aerodynamic efficiency as well as determining if boundary layer ingestion from top surface mounted engines results in less drag. The purpose of this study is to prove that BWB aircraft designs are more efficient than traditional cylindrical fuselage and wing designs. Wind tunnel testing as well as computational fluid dynamic (CFD) analysis has been done to support this hypothesis. Drag reduction from boundary layer ingestion as well as a more aerodynamic body are the two focus points of this project. Showing that both of these factors are improved by using a BWB design (and thus result in less energy required to fly) is the goal of this study.