Master of Science in Materials and Nuclear Engineering
First Committee Member
Brendan O'Toole, Chair
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Graduate Faculty Representative
Number of Pages
This project called for a first-generation prototype aircraft with hovering capabilities that was lightweight. The focus of this study was to design a small low-cost prototype composite airframe that meets specified requirements, analyze structures using finite element analysis and mechanical testing, and construct a prototype using proven composite manufacturing techniques. One fuselage, one wing, and several engine nacelles were designed and fabricated. Several design and fabrication methods and materials were analyzed, with focus given to the nacelles, and recommendations were provided for the manufacture of the first generation airframe based on time, weight, and cost.
Aerospace engineering; Airframes--Design and construction; Carbon composites; Composite materials; Materials science
Aerospace Engineering | Materials Science and Engineering | Structures and Materials
Clark, Kimberly Lynn, "Design and fabrication of a small prototype airframe structure" (2009). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 1169.