Triton UAS (unmanned aerial systems) is a project team from the sunny campus of the University of California, San Diego. We are a student-run team that uses ANSYS CFD solutions to help in designing, building, testing and flying our UAV to compete each year in the Student UAS Competition hosted by the AUVSI Seafarer Chapter against teams from around the world. The goal of the competition is to promote autonomous flight. Despite the fact that the 2017 competition coincided with finals week, our team placed ninth overall out of 42 teams.
“Designing unmanned aerial vehicles has many technical challenges, on the fluid dynamics side as well as the software control side,” remarked Swaminathan Subbiah, the vice president of corporate product and market strategy at ANSYS. In my last blog, I talked about unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and their use in reconnaissance in the military and commercial applications in industry. I also touched on how ANSYS software solved some engineering problems of UAVs. To find out how ANSYS was involved, I interviewed Suti Wirogo, the senior technical account manager, and Rob Harwood, the aerospace and defense Industry marketing director, both at ANSYS. We all sat down one rainy Friday afternoon to discuss the challenges of UAVs and how ANSYS can help to solve the devices’ engineering challengers. Continue reading
I read with interest, Global Defense Technology’s interview with BAE, Lockheed and Elbit Systems as they outlined their strategy for unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Very timely as we recently saw BAE begin pilotless flight tests over the Irish Sea.
Common themes are starting to evolve – increased autonomy, new missions, combat capable, extended range and duration and all-weather flight among them. These requirements have critical implications for the engineering teams behind them in terms of size, weight and power (SWaP) of components, aerodynamics and structural integrity. Continue reading