|Sep 21, 2012, 10:09 AM|
How do I calculate strength of an airframe ??
I'm hoping to pick the brains of some structural engineers on the specific maths required to design large airframes, specifically calculating probable loads twist, shear, cantilever etc.
and how to work through material selections.
for instance, if I have a plane of a 100 kilo's with a 6 metre wingspan and I want it to take 12 G's before it breaks for a 6 G nominal load, how much Carbon Fibre/ Spruce/ Steel etc. do I need ?
assuming a rectangular cross section etc.
Calculating the weight of an airframe is a comparatively simple problem, volume x density of materials = mass, that bit I can do but its the rest I want to learn about, at least to a stage I can present a design to an aero engineer to tell me what I've got right & wrong so that I can do most of the leg work etc etc etc
anyhow, if anyone can help point me in the right direction, books to read, web sites to visit & so on I would be most grateful,
|Sep 21, 2012, 11:06 AM|
No calculations but
based on the size model, you may contact various builder /plans suppliers of ultra lite aircraft-which have construction materials you would likely utilize
Many of these designs were under 500 pounds-some even much lighter .
The present generation of RPV craft are foam and glass- messy and expensive
Sitka spruce - , and plywoods may proove to be desired materials tho some builders utilize very thin aluminium ,sheared bent and rolled - -
You really need a concept of desired results -first.
|Sep 21, 2012, 03:34 PM|
the problem is usually how much force can the wings take before they bend and break
these notes may help http://ciurpita.tripod.com/rc/notes/compositeSpar.html
|Sep 21, 2012, 05:53 PM|
"Analysis and Design of Flight Vehicle Structures", Bruhn, is the bible for aerospace structural design:
|Sep 22, 2012, 06:58 PM|
Thank you guys,
I have various projects in mind, at some point I know I'm gonna want make something I can sit in but that dream is far away as yet
but what I'm after here is the understanding and knowledge of the structural design process and the maths behind it, I will try the links
|Sep 23, 2012, 01:27 AM|
Estonia, Harju, Tallinn
Joined May 2012
This spreadsheet might help you --> http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1213427
I've used it to dimension my wings.
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