Faculté des Sciences appliquées
Faculté des Sciences appliquées

Final Work : Conceptual Study of a Fixed Wing Cargo Autonomous Drone System

Tadei, Luca ULiège
Promotor(s) : Dimitriadis, Grigorios ULiège
Date of defense : 22-Jan-2021 • Permalink :
Title : Final Work : Conceptual Study of a Fixed Wing Cargo Autonomous Drone System
Author : Tadei, Luca ULiège
Date of defense  : 22-Jan-2021
Advisor(s) : Dimitriadis, Grigorios ULiège
Committee's member(s) : Noels, Ludovic ULiège
Andrianne, Thomas ULiège
Mariani, Raffaello 
Language : English
Discipline(s) : Engineering, computing & technology > Aerospace & aeronautics engineering
Target public : Researchers
Professionals of domain
Institution(s) : Université de Liège, Liège, Belgique
Degree: Master en ingénieur civil en aérospatiale, à finalité spécialisée en "turbomachinery aeromechanics (THRUST)"
Faculty: Master thesis of the Faculté des Sciences appliquées


[en] Lately, the interest towards drones for both commercial and civilian application has significantly
grown. Most of the current solutions are of the family of multicopters. Their intrinsic nature,
however, makes them not suitable for long range missions, where fixed wing configurations are
usually preferred. This thesis work consists on the conceptual design of an autonomous fixed
wing UAV, able of carrying and delivering a configurable payload.
In this work, the method proposed by Roskam, Torenbeek and Gundlach is followed throughout
the design process. Initial and conceptual design phases are carried out. First, the main mass
and power properties of the aircraft have been estimated making use of linear regressions
based on the available data. After a configuration study, more advanced methods, presented
in the literature have been employed to obtain more accurate estimations of the required parameters.
The Blended Wing Body configuration was proven to be the most aerodynamically
efficient and thus it was object of an optimisation process.
Finally the control surfaces have been designed, the Penaud diagrams presented, The material
selection process carried out making use of the Enhanced Digital Logic method; a preliminary
design of the cargo bay is proposed, as well as a general overview of the take off and landing



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  • Tadei, Luca ULiège Université de Liège > Master ingé. civ. aérospat., à fin. (THRUST)


Committee's member(s)

  • Noels, Ludovic ULiège Université de Liège - ULiège > Département d'aérospatiale et mécanique > Computational & Multiscale Mechanics of Materials (CM3)
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  • Andrianne, Thomas ULiège Université de Liège - ULiège > Département d'aérospatiale et mécanique > Interactions Fluide-Structure - Aérodynamique expérimentale
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  • Mariani, Raffaello KTH
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