Research and Development
Composite Stiffened Panel Optimisation
2013-2015: Aero Optimal developed the first analytical optimisation tool for CFRP stiffened panels typically used in large CAT "A" composite structures. This innovation facilitated the creation of minimum weight structures for multiple criteria in stiffness, strength, stability, and damage tolerance. However, over-design due to damage tolerance criteria dominating the design drive for CFRP panels was a key concern, hence the subject of several Aero Optimal study proposals.
2016-2019: In collaboration with Cranfield University, Aero Optimal proposal to Innovate-UK for the "Development of a Rapid Prototyping Analytical Structural Optimisation Tool with Improved Damage Tolerance Module Adapted for Graphene Enhanced Composite Aerostructures".
Aero Optimal believed that the solution was to develop an analytical method for high accuracy in predicting the dynamic response of impact damage. Updating this criterion as a responsive damage tolerance module to the software tool allows engineers to enhance failure prediction accuracy and negate the need for unnecessary sizable expensive, and time-consuming tests.
2019-2020: Analytical Prediction of Impact damage on Stiffened Composite Panels
In collaboration with Cranfield University and within this study, the effect of variable stiffness distribution due to the stringer presence with various layups was investigated for panel-stringer laminate under impact loading. Analytical models from a typical skin-stringers assembly were developed based on a spring-mass system to predict the dynamic behaviour of the striker-plate domain and finally, determine the contact force history. Comparison with experimental and Finite Element results that the model developed proved to successfully predict the response of stringer stiffened composite panels with a range of layups and geometry designs under low-velocity impact loading conditions.
2018-2020: Commercial Drone
Case study of a fixed-wing e-S/VTOL air vehicle, integrating the technologies in battery, optical and acoustic sensors. It incorporates a complete electrical propulsion system with short and vertical take-off & landing capabilities and an airframe made of advanced composites materials.
The MRU-Drone is designed primarily for use as a commercial delivery system adaptable for use in inspection of oil & gas pipelines, aerial survey, and mapping:
An air express service connecting major cities up to 100 Km range
A delivery system for a package of 5kg container
Structure health monitoring and management
Composite airframe with modular/interchangeable parts
Battery: Ultra-High Energy Pack
Flight computer with an integrated control system
Electric propulsion power (e-motor propellers)
Energy recuperation capability
Real-time flight monitoring for timely safety action