Available at: https://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/theses/2677
Date of Award
MS in Aerospace Engineering
College of Engineering
College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences
The Cal Poly SLO Turbo-Prop Racer (TP Racer) is a vehicle in development with the goal to break the world record for fastest turbo-prop aircraft measured over a 3-kilometer strip. This thesis presents the structural design, modeling, and analysis of the wing of Cal Poly SLO TP Racer. Methodology behind analyzing the wing is presented through finite element modeling elements and a mesh study. This is followed by development of structure through geometry and laminate estimations. The wing structure estimates and loading conditions are then modeled in FEMAP. Initial estimates are analyzed and reviewed – overbuilt, underbuilt, and incorrectly modeled regions of the structure are corrected. Finally, a refined finite element model is analyzed to present a satisfactory aircraft wing.