Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/297788
Title:
The Clipperspirit Seaplane: Fuselage Drag Analysis and Design
Author:
Stibrich, Tyler Joseph; Pearson, Ashley; Giri, Rajesh; Labadie, Marc; Lopez, Rod; Vasiliw, Selena
Issue Date:
2013
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:
The 2011-2012 ClipperSpirit Seaplane Senior Design Team observed recirculation of flow around the sternpost on their 10in fuselage model when tested in a water tunnel. The sponsor, Charles Simpson of the New Nose Company, Inc., wanted the 2012-2013 team to investigate the previous year’s results, create a new fuselage model with a less intrusive wind tunnel mount, perform drag analysis, and design and test alternate fuselage designs while observing the unique restrictions of a seaplane. The team created a new model in SolidWorks with a higher surface quality, and designed a less obtrusive wind tunnel mount. Testing was performed using SolidWorks Flow Simulation for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis and in a wind tunnel with a 3D printed model. CFD analysis has not, to our knowledge, been used before for seaplane testing, but the results of both methods were comparable. The previous year’s model was retested in the wind tunnel, and verified the recirculation previously experienced. However, the new model reduced drag and eliminated the recirculation through improved surface continuity and quality. Alternate designs were created and tested in SolidWorks Flow Simulation. Ultimately, none were found to provide notable improvement to the drag experienced by the fuselage.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
B.S.
Degree Level:
bachelors
Degree Program:
Honors College; Aerospace Engineering
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Arabyan, Ara

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleThe Clipperspirit Seaplane: Fuselage Drag Analysis and Designen_US
dc.creatorStibrich, Tyler Josephen_US
dc.contributor.authorStibrich, Tyler Josephen_US
dc.contributor.authorPearson, Ashleyen_US
dc.contributor.authorGiri, Rajeshen_US
dc.contributor.authorLabadie, Marcen_US
dc.contributor.authorLopez, Roden_US
dc.contributor.authorVasiliw, Selenaen_US
dc.date.issued2013-
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.abstractThe 2011-2012 ClipperSpirit Seaplane Senior Design Team observed recirculation of flow around the sternpost on their 10in fuselage model when tested in a water tunnel. The sponsor, Charles Simpson of the New Nose Company, Inc., wanted the 2012-2013 team to investigate the previous year’s results, create a new fuselage model with a less intrusive wind tunnel mount, perform drag analysis, and design and test alternate fuselage designs while observing the unique restrictions of a seaplane. The team created a new model in SolidWorks with a higher surface quality, and designed a less obtrusive wind tunnel mount. Testing was performed using SolidWorks Flow Simulation for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis and in a wind tunnel with a 3D printed model. CFD analysis has not, to our knowledge, been used before for seaplane testing, but the results of both methods were comparable. The previous year’s model was retested in the wind tunnel, and verified the recirculation previously experienced. However, the new model reduced drag and eliminated the recirculation through improved surface continuity and quality. Alternate designs were created and tested in SolidWorks Flow Simulation. Ultimately, none were found to provide notable improvement to the drag experienced by the fuselage.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
thesis.degree.nameB.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelbachelorsen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAerospace Engineeringen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorArabyan, Ara-
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