Projects

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VTOL Bi-copter

The ambitious project aims to combine the endurance of a fixed-wing aircraft with  the flexibility of a Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft to develop a hybrid of two. The aircraft can be used either for payload delivery or area surveillance, especially in the case of natural calamities. Because of its VTOL capabilities, the aircraft does not need a runway and can also hover over a given location. At the same time, it is as efficient as a fixed-wing plane. The aircraft is still in the development phase, and later on, we also plan to make it fully autonomous using AI algorithms and ML models.

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Experimental Canard Aircraft (ECA)

A canard configuration aircraft was designed by incorporating various features such as leading edge sweep and a polyhedral tapered wing planform with a pusher type propulsion system.

The team based this design on an earlier project of a simple canard aircraft adding more features and evolving existing ones. The effect of these features on the flight characteristics of a small scale RC aircraft were observed and documented.

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FBW for Plane

The Fly-by-wire (FBW) system was designed to replace the conventional manual flight controls of an aircraft with an electronic interface. The system interprets the pilot’s control inputs as a desired outcome and calculate the control surface positions required to achieve that outcome This results in various combinations of rudder, elevator, aileron and engine controls in different situations using a closed feedback loop. The FBW system helps in a very stable flight in case of harsh pilot inputs or even during bad weather conditions.

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Autonomous Hex

This project aimed at developing an autonomous hexacopter which can be used for operations such as payload delivery, emergency medical supply and unmanned surveillance. This was achieved using the Pixhawk Autopilot Technology.

The flight controller can be programmed to complete a given mission from takeoff to landing based on just the flick of a switch. We have used an electric propulsion system which makes the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle(UAV) environment friendly as well. The UAV has a payload capacity of 2kg and a range of 6km.

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Delaying Aerodynamic Stall for fixed-wing aircraft

Delaying Aerodynamic stall is one of the greatest challenges in the field of aerodynamics as this phenomenon leads to a significant loss in lift and has a major impact on the aircraft’s stability. In this paper, we attempt to delay stall by using a pressure outlet and enhancing the critical performance parameters

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Stability Improvement Of VTOL Fixed Wing Bi-copter

A VTOL Fixed Wing Bi-copter is a Boeing V-22 Osprey inspired design, having the capability of both vertical take-off and landing, as well as the ability to transition to fixed-wing flight mid-air. Stabilizing such a complex aerial vehicle is multifaceted and intricate. In this paper, we deal with the challenges faced while stabilizing a UAV of such caliber.