Structural and Aerodynamics Analysis on Different Architectures for the Elettra Twin Flyer Prototype

Paper #:
  • 2009-01-3128

Published:
  • 2009-11-10
Citation:
Gili, P., Battipede, M., Vazzola, M., Visone, M. et al., "Structural and Aerodynamics Analysis on Different Architectures for the Elettra Twin Flyer Prototype," SAE Technical Paper 2009-01-3128, 2009, https://doi.org/10.4271/2009-01-3128.
Pages:
10
Abstract:
This paper deals with the design and development of an innovative airship concept which is remotely-controlled and intended to be used for monitoring, surveillance, exploration and reconnaissance missions. Two potential solutions have been analyzed: the first consists of a double-hull configuration, characterized by the presence of a primary support structure connected by appropriated bindings to a couple of twin inflatable hulls. The second architecture is a soap-shaped exoskeleton configuration which features a single inflated section, incorporating two separate elements held internally by a system of ribs. The aim of this study is to analyze and compare the two configurations, to determine the most appropriate solution in terms of performance, cost and maneuvering capabilities
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