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Unmanned aerial vehicles (also known as drones) constitute a sector of the Canadian aerospace industry that is growing very rapidly. Because there is a broad range of applications for drones, there is also a wide variety of drone configurations. This, coupled with the small size of drones, leads to a scarcity of convenient rules-of-thumb and guidelines for the design of drone structures. In addition, because of the small size of drones, small reductions in the mass of a drone structure lead to relatively large proportional increases in drone payload. This project will use a computational optimization technique, topology optimization, to generate efficient structural designs for the drone configuration being constructed by Drone Delivery Canada, the industrial partner for this project.
Drone Delivery Canada
Information and communications technologies
University of Toronto
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