What are you current AEV findings?
Group F’s research consists of experimenting with motor configuration and motor quantity. In aR&D 1, we found that the orientation of motors have a significant effect on the distance traveled by the AEV. There is no difference in power consumption when the motors are positioned differently. Our findings show that the AEV travels the furthest when the motors are positioned in a pushing direction and the positioning of the wings whether upwards or downwards had no effect on power, time, or distance.
How does the research support these findings?
The research shows that the AEV is more aerodynamic with the motors pushing it against the wing. The airflow travels around the AEV and through the propellers while the pulling position drags more air and causes less velocity. The figure below shows how power does not change with the orientation of the motors but changes the distance traveled and is consistent with the fact that the pushing motion of the motors will cause the AEV to travel further.
How does/will this make your AEV more marketable?
In aR&D 1, the positioning of the motors makes the AEV more presentable and appealing to consumers. It also shows that the AEV can travel further without necessarily changing anything significantly.
Figure 1. Power vs Distance of Motor Configuration
AEV has its motors facing forwards and is in a pushing motion with wings down.
AEV has its motors facing forwards and is in a pushing motion with wings up.
AEV has its motors facing backwards and is in a pulling motion with wings up.