The 4th year students were awarded `Best new entry’ in the graduate category of the competition which challenges students to design a vertical lift aircraft that meets specific requirements.
This year the students were asked to design an `Air Launched Unmanned Disaster Relief Delivery Vehicle’. This involved designing an unmanned rotorcraft capable of being deployed from the ramp of a C-130J cargo airplane in flight. The rotorcraft also needed to be able to arrest its descent and transition into its own flight mode to deliver supplies to remote areas from a hover and subsequently return to a recovery base.
The competition attracts academic teams from around the world and the Liverpool team was the only team from the UK to win an award. The students undertook the project as part of their final year ‘Capstone’ Design project module.
Module coordinator, Dr Mike Jump said: “I am delighted by our student’s success in this international competition. Active learning is a fundamental part of an engineer’s education at Liverpool and these real-world projects allow our students to apply the aspects of their course to a real-world problem whilst also providing invaluable team-working experience in a competitive environment”.
The student team were mentored, as part of the module, by Dr Neil Cameron who added: “The team’s success is a pleasing and suitable reward for their hard work and dedication throughout the year. They worked hard to first understand the engineering requirements to meet the defined product specification and then to design a vehicle to meet them”.
The team win $750 for the University and receive certificates in recognition of their achievement.
The American Helicopter Society (AHS) International is the world’s premier vertical flight technical society. Its annual student design competition aims to encourage the best and brightest engineering students to work in the rotorcraft industry.