Characterization and Analysis of the Fuselage of the Clipperspirit Seaplane

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Title:
Characterization and Analysis of the Fuselage of the Clipperspirit Seaplane
Author:
Sangston, Keith David; Avery, Aaron; Peralta, Bolivar; Pichardo, Luis; Van Wormer, Brett
Issue Date:
May-2012
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
A preliminary hull design had been completed for the amphibious aircraft, The ClipperSpirit. This year, the team was tasked with characterizing and analyzing aerodynamic and hydrodynamic properties of the fuselage/hull. This seaplane project had problems not typically encountered in the aviation industry - the interaction of the aircraft with water and a fuselage shape that is not ideal for flight. An experimental setup was designed to investigate the interaction of the fuselage with a water surface for scaled speeds simulating takeoff and landing. Additionally, the flow near the step of the fuselage (a feature typical of seaplanes) was characterized. These tasks involved learning new software, design using SolidWorks, manufacturing scaled models, basic flow visualization, and the experimental process. Qualitative results were obtained and a first iteration of a testing platform to quantify the resistance of the planing fuselage on water was designed and construction. The results of the tests can be used to consider alternate configurations of the fuselage design. Of particular interest was the afterbody, the portion of the fuselage after the step that experiences increased drag.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
B.S.A.E.
Degree Level:
bachelors
Degree Program:
Honors College; Aerospace Engineering
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona

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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleCharacterization and Analysis of the Fuselage of the Clipperspirit Seaplaneen_US
dc.creatorSangston, Keith Daviden_US
dc.contributor.authorSangston, Keith Daviden_US
dc.contributor.authorAvery, Aaronen_US
dc.contributor.authorPeralta, Bolivaren_US
dc.contributor.authorPichardo, Luisen_US
dc.contributor.authorVan Wormer, Bretten_US
dc.date.issued2012-05-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractA preliminary hull design had been completed for the amphibious aircraft, The ClipperSpirit. This year, the team was tasked with characterizing and analyzing aerodynamic and hydrodynamic properties of the fuselage/hull. This seaplane project had problems not typically encountered in the aviation industry - the interaction of the aircraft with water and a fuselage shape that is not ideal for flight. An experimental setup was designed to investigate the interaction of the fuselage with a water surface for scaled speeds simulating takeoff and landing. Additionally, the flow near the step of the fuselage (a feature typical of seaplanes) was characterized. These tasks involved learning new software, design using SolidWorks, manufacturing scaled models, basic flow visualization, and the experimental process. Qualitative results were obtained and a first iteration of a testing platform to quantify the resistance of the planing fuselage on water was designed and construction. The results of the tests can be used to consider alternate configurations of the fuselage design. Of particular interest was the afterbody, the portion of the fuselage after the step that experiences increased drag.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
thesis.degree.nameB.S.A.E.en_US
thesis.degree.levelbachelorsen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAerospace Engineeringen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
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