Volume 8 Issue 2 ( June 2021 )


Computational Aerodynamics Study on Neo-Ptero Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

N. I. Ismail, Hazim Sharudin, Mahadzir M. M., Zurriati M. Ali, A. A. Shariffuddin & N.I. Kamel


This work aims to characterize the lift (CL) and drag (CD) coefficient distributions on the current Neo-Ptero micro-UAV prototype. A CL analysis on Neo-Ptero shows that the model has a promising CL performance throughout the α increment. For every 2° angle of attack increment, the model can generate approximately 22% increment in CL magnitude. Neo-Ptero also has a decent magnitude in maximum lift coefficient and stall angle at 1.24 and 18°, respectively. CL comparison works reveal that Neo-Ptero performs better than the other micro-UAV model produce by Ming from National University of Singapore (NUS) and also Serindit (produced by UAV team from University Riau, Indonesia) particularly in terms of α range and CLmax magnitudes. However, Neo-Ptero suffers from severe CD generation by producing an average of 23.8% rise in CD magnitude for every 2° angle of attack increment. A CD comparison study in performance reveals that compared with other micro- UAV models, Neo-Ptero induces at least 13.2% and 5% larger CD magnitude and CD increment, respectively

Keywords: Neo-Ptero UAV; micro unmanned air vehicle; aerodynamics