Project Plan for Phase II
Project Plan for Phase II
For this concept, benchmarking is difficult due to not
much information released by companies. The concept is also
new and very theoretical so not much information is
Morphological Chart and Concept Selection
The team's first attempt at a morph chart is shown
Morph Table, First Version
However, once further steps were attempted the team
decided that we did not get technical enough and needed
more differentiating factors. Therefore, a new morph
chart was created:
Morph Table, Second Version
Design concept 1 is called The External Wired Motor; it
has a base with a ring held by four columns. There is a
small reel with the motor within the base that longs
length and power while the actual controls are outside of
the base. There is a generator within the base but all of
the input for the base are off base and signal is sent
through wires. The plane is tied using a two string
bridle system and it has wheels for landing.
Design concept two is called Heavy Battery Motor; it has
a base with a spherical bushing held by two columns. This
is a heavy weight design with the DC motor separate from
the base. There are batteries within the base but the
motor is also powered charged. The controls are outside
of the base on the motor so that the base is self
standing. The plane has small hooks screwed on and then
tied to a four bridle system for better control of the
Design concept three is called Crank & Motor; it has
a wooden railed onto the ground base with the reel inside
of the base. 360 rotation is doable due to the similar
ring assembly from design concept one. The motor is
completely separate and powered by 110 AC. The plane has
no launch or landing gear. It is meant to be human
launched and parachute landed. The plane is attached with
glue and a two point bridle system.
Design Concept four is called Pin Reel with Crank/Drum;
it has a metal base with an external reel and DC motor.
It has a spherical bushing with a four column structure
in order to provide 360 tether rotation. The base is
staked onto the ground. An operator is needed because
this is a DC motor/ human powered base station. The plane
has wheels for landing and launching and it is held to
the plane using a four point bridle system.
While making this chart, the team removed and added
designs. This included a combo of the two power methods
and a whole new innovative concept.
Feasibility: Prototyping, Analysis, Simulation
here for a copy of our Phase Appropriate Feasibility
Designs and Flowcharts
Flow Chart - Electrical
Flow Chart - Mechanical
The risk management table was updated to reflect the
different designs and new information gathered over the
Design Review Materials
Plans for next phase
Phase III Plan
Systems Design Phase: What did I actually do?
Systems Design Phase: What did I learn?
Systems Design Phase: What will I contribute?
- Researched launch systems
- Created numerous designs to bring to group
- Contributed to functional decomposition, morph
chart, Pugh chart
- Researched prices of tether guider ideas
- Contacted aero club for pilot guide
- Rearranged EDGE flow, added spaces for pictures
- The design process is lengthy but necessary and
will probably be done multiple times
- No matter how crazy the idea, throw it down as
- The team needs to be on the same page with how
to do each part of the design process or it will
- Manage more strictly quality and completion of
- Design and create proxy tether control system
- Make decisions about design ideas and numbers
- Work with drafter to begin first CADs drawings
- Slideshow for week 9 review
- Drew up wings and other components of the plane
on CREO 2.0.
- Feasibility analysis on the landing components
of the glider.
- Created the first, second, and third revisions
of the Morph Chart.
- Attended two aero meetings and started to learn
- Helped with the development of base design.
- Took notes and facilitated meetings.
- Learned about wheel placement methods and
calculations and how to apply them to our own
- The Morph Chart may not be the best method for
every MSD group, since several versions did not
conclude in much.
- XFLR5 is a great method for finding wing and
- System designing takes whole group involvement
- Continue to learn XFLR5 and attend more aero
- Finish the CAD for the Glider so that stress
modeling can start.
- Help select the base design.
- Start CAD drafting of the base.
- Took notes and facilitated meeting.
- Ran simulation to gather output forces and and
- Created concepts designs that were used in the
- Reviewed Engineering Requirements.
- Attended RIT Aero Club.
- Helped in designing of Functional
Decomposition, Morph, and Pugh Charts.
- Did a general feasibility analysis of whether
the demands of the engineering requirements were
within the capabilities of the glider.
- Wrote up Delivery Completion Plan.
- Established team dynamics based on teammates
- I learned that our system will work around
limited parameters, due to the scale of the system.
- I learned about Li-Po battery charging and
discharging and maintenance.
- Learned about the relative motion that the reel
in process used to maintain flow about the foil.
- Our project is to test and prove that this
concept is feasible in itself. Small steps are
required. We cannot get ahead of ourselves.
- Process is key. If the process is not followed,
we will not come to a valid conclusion or may not
reach our objective.
- A consistent work habit needs to be established
to provide reliable times to work on the project.
- Establish more communicated raports with the
- Utilize available resources and authorities
better, Aero Club, Glenn Gavi, Dr. Gomes, Dr.
- Accomplished some preliminary aero analysis of
- Consulted with the graduate student about how
the simulation works and how it applies to our
- Took general measurements of the plane
- Created sketches for possible design options
- Created the morphological table
- General work on Phase II deliverables and
preparation for system design review
- The importance of breaking down the system and
how to select feasible designs from that
- Communication is still very important. Probably
even more so now that things are getting more
- Things generally take longer to do than we
generally think it will
- Practice on the RC pilot simulator to become
the secondary pilot
- Play more with the simulation and have a better
understanding of how it works
- General assistance with phase III deliverables
- Continue assisting team with what they may need
- Begin ordering parts as needed and track the
group's financial situation and BOM
- Developed System Architecture chart.
- Aided in developing Functional Decomposition,
Morph, and Pugh Charts.
- Researched stress effects from tether tension
- Published work from the team on the edge
- Design is an iterative process (We redid
several things that were not quite right the first
- Distinguishing between a subsystem and the
overall system can be difficult at times.
- The final system is some sort of combination of
the proposed systems.
- Provide detailed stress analysis to show:
- The maximum tension the plane can
- How many cycles the plane can go before
failing due to fatigue.
- Continue to manage the edge website.
- Researched into Micro controllers if the group
decided to go into a less human controlled flight.
- Found a place to fly the plane
- Updated Risk Management
- Drew up circuit schematics
- Created transfer functions that will be needed
if a motor controlled base is implemented.
- I learned that steady work is the best way to
complete a large project such as this.
- Working in large spurts is too inconsistent and
doesn¢®¯t give enough time for
the refining of ideas.
- Learned about battery life, and how to properly
charge the batteries for storage.
- Learned more about the coding and selection of
- Until a definite design is nailed down,
don¢®¯t run too far into
researching components, as this can waste time.
- Work ethic becomes more steady instead of doing
things at the last minute.
- Finalize designs and communicate my progress to
- Aided in developing Risk Assessment,
- Developed flowchart.
- started to set up actual flying plan.
- Published work from the team on the edge
- System Design will not be the one time process.
It will be modified on subsystem process.
- In the beginning of the design process, it was
important to READ and FOLLOW the instruction first.
- Build and Install electrical components on
- Design a systematic diagram of a base circuit.
- Develop in flying plan, meeting goals test
- Research on radio signal processors.
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