Institut für Energietechnik (IET)
HSR

Skypull

Background

To address climate change properly and accelerate energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, new energy generation technologies are required. They have to be reliable, efficient, scalable and provide sufficient low cost energy to satisfy current and future demands. Skypull can offer a solution and proposes an innovative approach, based on a new revolutionary type of flight device, aimed at maximizing the lift, with minimum resistance and allowing autonomous operation: a "box" drone with proles multi-element aerodynamics, characterized by high aerodynamic performance, deterministic behavior, intrinsic structural strength, low weight and low production costs. In short, we are helping to build a cleaner and more sustainable world.

   

©Skypull

 

Project goals

The goal of this project is to apply various CFD tools and optimisation algorithms to Skypull's multibody airfoil element in order to improve the aerodynamic design. This will include investigating the potential of the Lattice Boltzmman Method to speed up the optimisation process through efficient parallel processing.

 

Status

We are currenlty carrying out and validating ANSYS FLUENT simulations and applying the in-built adjoint solver. The validation is being carried out by comparing the results to simulations using XFoil and MSES, software written at MIT.

Contact

Dr. Sarah Barber
Oberseestrasse 10
CH-8640 Rapperswil SG
+41 (0)55 222 42 62

sarah.barber(at)hsr.ch