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Aerospace 2019, 6(2), 20; https://doi.org/10.3390/aerospace6020020

Innovative Scaled Test Platform e-Genius-Mod—Scaling Methods and Systems Design

Institute of Aircraft Design (IFB), University of Stuttgart, Pfaffenwaldring 31, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany
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Received: 30 November 2018 / Revised: 6 February 2019 / Accepted: 8 February 2019 / Published: 14 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 8th EASN-CEAS Workshop on Manufacturing for Growth and Innovation)
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Future aircraft design highly depends on the successful implementation of new technologies. However, the gap between conventional designs and new visions often comes with a high financial risk. This significantly complicates the integration of innovations. Scaled unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are an innovative and cost-effective way to get new configurations and technologies in-flight. Therefore the Institute of Aircraft Design developed the e-Genius-Mod taking into account all relevant similitude requirements. It is a scale model of the electric motor glider e-Genius. Since the Reynolds number for the free-flight model cannot be adhered to, an airfoil was developed with lift-to-drag and lift-to-angle-of-attack courses reproducing the full-scale e-Genius flight characteristics. This will enable testing and assessment of new aviation technologies in a scaled version with an opportunity for free-flight demonstration in relevant environment. View Full-Text
Keywords: unmanned aircraft; scaling; aircraft design; flight testing; technology readiness level; technology demonstrator unmanned aircraft; scaling; aircraft design; flight testing; technology readiness level; technology demonstrator
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Bergmann, D.P.; Denzel, J.; Baden, A.; Kugler, L.; Strohmayer, A. Innovative Scaled Test Platform e-Genius-Mod—Scaling Methods and Systems Design. Aerospace 2019, 6, 20.

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