Engineering students compete in the sky at Havelock camp

Published: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 08:09 PM.

“We went over the many theories of aviation, the basic principles of helo flight and UAVs,” Palmer said. “My favorite was the materials lab. We tested bonds and saw how strong they would be with epoxy. I really enjoyed it. After I finish my bachelor’s degree here at N.C. State and Craven, I would like to obtain a job at FRC East as a mechanical engineer.”

Five teams of three students each worked together to design and manufacture the five planes used in the fly-off challenge as a night project.

A lab at the Institute for Aeronautical Technology at the Craven campus in Havelock was the site where the students designed and assembled their planes out of foam.

Each plane was put together based on a design that allowed the students to make modifications of their choosing. The base model was created by Brett Pearce, a professor at North Carolina State, who developed the project.

“Most of it was laser-cut using the N.C. State equipment, and the students are allowed to design the wing and the control surfaces. They have complete design control over it,” said Daniel Feagle, 26, a resident of Newport, who is a senior at North Carolina State and a student leader in the program.

He said teamwork is what helps create a better aircraft.

“It gives these students a chance to work together in groups and be able to discuss the design of the entire system and how it will affect the different criteria they are being graded on, top speed, endurance, loiter time and maneuverability,” Feagle said. “It gives them a chance to discuss these tradeoffs and these design decisions that have to be made in the early stages but affect performance later on.”

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