A crew of six college students within the College of Utilized Sciences Higher Austria’s light-weight building and composite supplies course labored with eight industrial companions to design and construct a digital camera drone over an 18-month interval. The undertaking is a part of the Light-weight Design and Composite Supplies diploma program, which FACC launched in cooperation with the Higher Austrian College of Utilized Sciences in Wels in 2018. The light-weight digital camera drone current efficiently accomplished its maiden flight.
Hexcel Neumarkt supplied the HexPly M901 and HexPly M78.1 carbon fiber prepreg supplies used for the touchdown gear and the fuselage of the drone. The prepregs have been utilized in mixture with woven and unidirectional carbon fiber reinforcements for the fuselage, which was cured in an autoclave, whereas the touchdown gear was laid-up and cured in a press. The usage of composite supplies allowed the crew to cut back the structural mass of the digital camera drone by 42%.
“The huge weight saving achieved with their up to date model of the digital camera drone is a unbelievable achievement by the coed crew,” mentioned Michael Rabl, Dean of FH Wels of the Higher Austria College of Utilized Sciences. “The joint examine not solely illustrates the big selection of advanced and revolutionary composite methods current within the drone sector but additionally presents the alternatives that exist for additional improvement within the wider City Air Mobility (UAM) and aerospace composites markets.”
Celebrating the success of the coed crew behind the digital camera drone undertaking, Johanna Arndt, analysis and expertise group chief at Hexcel Neumarkt, mentioned, “It was an incredible pleasure to work with the crew who have been very cooperative and self-motivated to succeed. Watching the drone simply fly across the Neumarkt plant was simply nice.”