New conceptual design of solar powered aircraft

Singh, Prabhpreet Data and Shetty, Nagaraj (2015) New conceptual design of solar powered aircraft. In: Proceedings of International Conference on Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, July 15-16, 2015, Singapore.

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The present study concentrates on a non-conventional approach in design of a solar powered aircraft considering the initial departures and the challenges faced during the development of Solar powered Vehicles from its initial steps. This approach finds its roots from the fields of Aerodynamics and Aerostatics. In contrast to airships with wings, this design comprises of a semi-rigid inflatable structure with flexible solar panels mounted on the skin with an optimized foldable design. The propulsive attributes of the vehicle have been derived, keeping in mind, the constraints such as Solar Energy Availability and Conversion Efficiency of a Solar cell. The above vehicle can revolutionize flying in terms of efficiency, cruising speed, durability and can support a greener tomorrow by lower emissions. Solid Edge by Siemens has been considered for basic designing of this aircraft. Aerodynamic analysis of the vehicle has been based on literature study and the results will be presented in the context of the Solar Powered Flight

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Solar powered aircraft, Aerodynamics, Aerostatics, flexible solar panels, foldable design, semi-rigid inflatable structure
Subjects: Engineering > MIT Manipal > Mechanical and Manufacturing
Depositing User: MIT Library
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2016 15:28
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 15:28

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