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A CONCEPT STUDY OF A SINGLE MANNED HUMAN POWERED AIRCRAFT: FULLFILLING THE CRITERIAS FOR THE KREMER INTERNATIONAL MARATHON PRIZE
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering.
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This first level thesis focuses on the design of a human poweredaircraft which theoretically can complete the Kremer InternationalMarathon prize. The competition awards the firstheavier-than-air aircraft human-power-driven aircraft that completesa circuit of 42 195 meter in less than one hour with £50000.

The paper first introduces the reader to the basics of aircraftmechanics. It continues with the presentation of the design processwith examples of evaluated airfoils and key aspects.

Our conclusion of the study is that the Kremer InternationalMarathon prize is fully feasible to complete with the technologyof today. However, the project is not economically viabledue to high prizes of selected composite materials and the relativesmall size of the prize money. An increment of the prizewould certainly increase the research into human powered highperformance aircraft, which could lead to a successful KremerInternational Marathon prize attempt.

The limitations of this thesis are to strictly stay within the aerodynamicfield of study. Therefore, solid mechanics has not beenexactly calculated, but has been taken into account when dimensioningthe aircraft in CAD, and neither has any calculatedturning performance due to academic level.

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2015. , 60 p.
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Aerospace Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-173330OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-173330DiVA: diva2:852543
Available from: 2015-09-09 Created: 2015-09-09 Last updated: 2015-09-09Bibliographically approved

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