The Mechanical Engineering program at UPenn culminates in a year-long engineering project. Working as part of a team of 6 other engineering students I helped to develop a novel aerial vehicle. Called the 'OXcopter' because of its unique coaxial rotors, it is a more efficient payload-carrying drone.
Our original design, the OXcopter, features two large contra-rotating propellers above a standard quadrotor configuration: a hybrid design for ease of control and efficient flight. The quadrotor simplifies vehicle control. The large propellers provide efficient lift by maximizing rotor disk area per vehicle footprint. This creates significant efficiency advancements compared to other multirotor systems which use only a fraction of their footprint for lift. In fact, the OXcopter consumes 24% less electrical power than a quadrotor of the same size and weight.
Senior Design team with the OXcopter at final poster session, Spring 2017.
The project consisted of designing and building the flight vehicle from scratch, which involved aerodynamic analysis, machining, experiments, and a lot of redesign.
See our final poster, which I designed, here.