Date of Award
Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering
Professor Emeritus Charles Eastlake
First Committee Member
Professor Snorri Gudmundsson
Second Committee Member
Dr. Bogdan Udrea
The purpose of this work was to create a six degree of freedom balance that could produce meaningful data for micro aerial vehicles. Research was conducted to investigate the common balance configurations, and the strengths and weaknesses of each configuration were used to select the most appropriate design. The limitations of available fabrication facilities, the desired level of performance and the end user of the balance were all considered to finalize the design. The balance and data acquisition system were fabricated over a period of several months, and unforeseen design issues were handled forthwith. Rigorous calibration and testing processes were conducted. The results of the calibration and testing processes were analyzed and documented. The performance of the balance was determined to be less than traditionally recommended, but was acceptable due to the small magnitude of the loads. Further testing is recommended to determine if performance improves as the balance settles.
Scholarly Commons Citation
King, Michael Christopher, "The Development of a Force Balance for Testing Micro Aerial Vehicles" (2012). Doctoral Dissertations and Master's Theses. 89.