Design/Build/Test Projects

The projects below are just a sample of current and past projects fostered by the Design/Build/Test environment established at Purdue.  A wide range of design methodologies and manufacturing process are used in producing these Design/Build/Test projects exposing students to new ideas and engineering decision making processes.  At the conclusion of a Design/Build/Test projects the designers must test engineering theories with a final product, giving students valuable real world knowledge.

Micro Air Vehicle (MAV)

Status: Ongoing

The MAV project goal is to fly an aircraft no larger than 15 cm. in any one dimension and perform the specific mission including duration requirements and surveillance objectives.  Aerodynamic design of the MAVs has utilized CMARC it investigate pressure distributions, boundary layer flow, and stability.  Engine torque and aileron rolling moment experiments have been conducted in the high contraction wind tunnel at the Aerospace Sciences Laboratory.  A flight vehicle has been successfully demonstrated with video transmitting equipment.

Contact: Professor John Sullivan

MAV Photo

Hyperion Aircraft

Status: Completed Spring 2001

The Hyperion aircraft is designed for the 2001 Aerobatics World Championships for model aircraft. The project began with the order for an aircraft from the pilot and closely resembled a real world design and manufacturing process. The aircraft is constructed using carbon fiber pre-preg molded in CNC machined molds. The design of the aircraft included wing and tail placement optimized using Matlab toolboxes, structural tests of the main spar, and wind tunnel tests of the horizontal tail and elevator in the Boeing Subsonic wind tunnel.

Hyperion Aircraft photo

Electric Powered Pylon Racer Aircraft

Status: Completed Spring 2000

An electric powered aircraft designed to compete in competitions governed by the Academy of Aeronautics (AMA). Airfoil and wing design were done using X-foil and a Matlab code was written to determine the best wing area, aspect ratio, and turn radius. The main wing is fabricated from carbon fiber molded in CNC machined aluminum molds.

Electric Powered Pylon Racer Aircraf

Top Fuel Dragster Front Wing

Status: Completed Spring 2000

The objective of this project was to improve the aerodynamic efficiency of the front wing for a top fuel dragster. CMARC and Xfoil were employed to analyze existing wing designs and make improvements for a new wind design. The new wing was successful, producing more down force with reduced drag.

Top Fuel Dragster Front Wing Photo