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metadata.fyp.dc.title: Feasibility Studies On Incorporating Solar Panel Cell In Micro Uav
metadata.fyp.dc.contributor.*: Mohd Aslam Bin Mohd Amin , Muhammad Hafiey Mughnie Bin Amran 19-Jan-2003
metadata.fyp.dc.description.abstract: Main goal of this project was to make calculations and respective designs to create an electric airplane prototype, capable of powering its flight either entirely or partially using solar energy. This project intended to stimulate research on renewable energy sources for aviation. In future solar powered airplanes could be used for different types of aerial monitoring and unmanned flights. First, research was done to investigate properties and requirements of the plane. Then, through a number of sequential steps and with consideration of substantial formulas, the aircraft‟s design was proposed. This included a study on materials, equipment and feasibility. Finding a balance between mass, power, force, strength and costs proved to be particularly difficult. Eventually predictions showed a 50% profit due to the installation of solar cells. The aircraft‟s mass had to be 980 grams at the most, while costs were aimed to be as low as RM1000. After creating a list of materials and stipulating a series of successive tests, construction itself started. Above all, meeting the aircraft‟s target mass, as well as constructing a meticulously balanced aircraft appeared to be most difficult. Weight needed to be saved on nearly any element. We replaced the battery, rearranged solar cells and adjusted controls. Testing commenced with verifying the wings‟ actual lift capacities. Results were satisfying. In addition, further testing on drag and propulsion was gratifying as well. Ultimately we can conclude purely solar powered flight is impossible, at least with the materials available and taking Dutch climate into account. Further developments in solar technology might create possibilities for solar planes in future. For now, in order to install solar cells, too many aspects of the plane are sacrificed to save weight. This for example resulted in a frame far too fragile. Still, it should be noted that the plane we manufactured was a prototype only. Many adjustments can be made. During the project we have seen that there is quite some room for improvement. That is obvious, as this was the very first airplane we ever build. We gathered enormous amounts of knowledge and we hope that in future this knowledge will be used to continue working on solar powered planes. For if development continues,solar powered aircraft might truly be used in future. Bear in mind: Future starts now.
metadata.fyp.dc.description: Diploma of Engineering Technology in Avionics Maintenance.
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