Lehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 1125 times:
how are you supposed to make whatever it is? Are you given a buget, teams, etc?
If you have a few weeks make it simple. Last year a few students in my wind tunnel class proposed a auto rotation thing which took the whole semester to build and they did not have much time to test anything. My group carved out a small bike helmet out of some scrap wood and we planned for our procrastination, we finished on time and were the only ones who wore ties at our presentation.
Remember, plan and keep it simple, for the purposes of academia of course.
Good luck and ask lots 'o questions, here and beyond.
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FredT From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 2185 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1009 times:
Landing gears tend to get incredibly complex mechanically. I'd stay away from that one.
Fire detection, hmm... you'd probably end up buying stock parts. Not much fun.
Go with the aileron. That'll let you dig deeper into such matters as differentiated aileron movement due to adverse yaw. How to rig that? Check out the shape of the bellkranks used, a T where the angles aren't perpendicular. It is mechanically manageable, yet is a good project to show on a number of interesting features of aircraft, both mechanical and aerodynamical. Make something out of wires vs pushrods and so on... simple but expandable!
I thought I was doing good trying to avoid those airport hotels... and look at me now.