Wind Tunnel Aerodynamics Investigation of Quadplane in Transient State

Below we present you with an article that has been written by Warsaw University of Technology

Below we present you with an article that has been written by Warsaw University of Technology (Institute of Aeronautics and Applied Mechanics – Tomasz Goetzendorf-Grabowski, Andrzej Tarnowski, Katarzyna Pobikrowska) – our partner in studies performed on developed UAV. The article was presented during AerospaceEurope Conference 2020 in Bordeaux on February.

This article presents wind tunnel investigation of aerodynamic properties of lightweight UAV in QuadPlane configuration. Such design combines Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) characteristics of multicopter with high speed, long range and endurance capability of Fixed Wing (FW) aircraft. QuadPlane is based on the coaxial quadcopter configuration crossed with conventional twin-boom airplane in pusher engine configuration. Both underlying configurations i.e. quadcopter and conventional airplane have been already well tested and documented, contrary to their combination, especially in the transient state, between fixed-wing and quadcopter flight modes.

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