This is the University of Maine's first time competing in the SAE Aero Design Competition. The team will be challenged with designing and building an unmanned aerial vehicle to carry a calculated load. The team will follow all standards set by the SAE Aero Design Competion, an international competition put on by the Society of Automotive Engineers. Althought our team does not plan on attending this years competition we plan to have an aircraft that is "competition ready" for future University of Maine Engineering Students to build off of and expand for future SAE Aero Design Competitions.
The SAE Aero Design Competition is a design contest intended to challenge undergraduate students with real life engineering proplems. The competition provides students with design limitations which must be followed while also giving them the opportunity to make compromises and design decisions which will ultimately decide the success of their airplane.
The team will be challenged to build a remote controled airplane from the ground up following competition rules and regulations. The plane must complete a 360 degree circuit while carrying a preciously calculated payload. The combined width, length and height is restricted to under 225 in. One constant controlled variable for all teams is the engine. Teams will have the option of choosing one of two different engines, both have equal performance. Teams can use either the Magnum XLS .61A or the O.S. 61 FX engine. The Umaine Aero Design Team will be using the Magnum XLS Engine based off its availablity in our area.
The teams flight score is made up from several components. The Raw Weight Score is based on how much extra weight the plane can carry and is worth the most in the flight scores. The Predicted Point Bonus will take into account how close the teams predicted payload is to the actual payload the plane carries. There is an Empty Payload Bonus which is awarded to all planes which complete the cicuit without a payload. Finally any penalties during a technical inspections will be subracted from the final flight score.
The final score given to the team will also include a score for their Design Report and Oral Presentation. A high percentage of the team's score is devoted to these two elements. This section is scored highly to ensure the understanding of both the production and design process.