Basic Design Limitations for Urban Electric VTOL Aircraft by Olivier Cornes, 9/10/19

The discussions around urban air mobility (UAM) often suggest that a new aircraft type will be necessary to fulfill the UAM mission. These aircraft are supposed to take-off/land vertically and be fully electric, hence the name e-VTOL. Despite recent and upcoming technological developments in propulsion technology and flight controls, there exist physical limits that apply to the design the constrain the design space depending on of the mission, in particular in terms of rotor-disc area and wing area. This work develops a novel approach to sizing electric aircraft based on a quadratic polynomial, allowing fast sweeps of the design space and ultimately drawing feasible regions in the design space.

Olivier Cornes is a Swiss citizen who graduated with one master’s degree from EPFL (Switzerland) in Mechanical engineering as well as a masters degree from Sup’AĆ©ro (France) in aerospace engineering. He conducted his master thesis research at MIT on developing network-based MDO techniques for Mars mission architecture. After graduating, he founded a chemical process design software start-up based in Switzerland. However, within less than a year, he missed aircraft too much and joined Aurora Flight Sciences as an aircraft designer and has been there for the past couple of years.

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