Performance Calculations within the Conceptual Design Process of Hand-Launched Aircraft
Matching diagram is a key part of the conceptual design process to determine the wing area and the required power. However, it requires drag polar estimation and the assumption of maximum lift coefficient. In case of conventional manned aircraft, early estimation techniques are based on statistical data that are not suitable for hand-launched aircraft. In this study, it has been attempted to present the performance calculations and a proper conceptual design model by acquiring sound values for the aerodynamic coefficients in low Reynolds number, using statistical wetted area as well as a raw design of fuselage, wing and tails. The process is applied to a sample scenario and the results are evaluated.
R. Varatharajoo, F.I. Romli, K.A. Ahmad, D.L. Majid and F. Mustapha
M. Nadji and A. Banazadeh, "Performance Calculations within the Conceptual Design Process of Hand-Launched Aircraft", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vol. 629, pp. 145-151, 2014