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Engineering Simulation with SimScale: Drone Aerodynamics

Learn how to use engineering simulation to investigate two different propeller designs for a 3D printed mini quadcopter
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Created by Anna Flessner
Last updated 5/2016
  • 31 mins on-demand video
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What Will I Learn?
Optimize the design of a 3D printed mini quadcopter by applying the principles of aerodynamics
Solve engineering problems with SimScale, the browser-based engineering simulation software
Gain new insights into engineering simulation
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  • A computer and internet connection

The cornerstone of this course is engineering simulation and I will use an example focusing on the aerodynamics of drones to teach you how simulation can be incorporated in engineering and design.  

For this course, we will be using SimScale, which is a browser-based software. The platform can be directly accessed at www.simscale.com 

We will start off the course with a very short introduction to aerodynamics and how a propeller works.

Then we will jump into creating the physics-based simulation of a 3D printed mini quadcopter using SimScale. 

To conclude the course we’ll take what we have learned and discuss how engineering simulation can be used to optimize the design of the propellers. In the hand-on exercises you will be using SimScale to simulate the quadcopter with 2 different propeller designs so that we can compare their aerodynamic performance.

Prior knowledge of basic engineering concepts and CAD design are helpful but not required for success in this course.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for makers, drone enthusiasts, and students who want to learn how to use engineering simulation to optimize and improve their designs. This course is probably not for you if you're looking to learn detailed theory about engineering simulation or product design.
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What is this Course About
1 Lecture 01:53

Lecture 1 provides a brief overview of the course Engineering Simulation with SimScale: Drone Aerodynamics and what students can expect to learn. 

The Basics: An Overview of Aerodynamics, Simulation, and SimScale
4 Lectures 06:37

In Lecture 2, we will discuss the basics of aerodynamics and how a propeller works.

Understanding the Aerodynamics of a Drone

In Lecture 3 we discuss the concept of engineering simulation and why it can be a useful tool for engineers, designers, makers, and students alike. 

What is Engineering Simulation and Why Do We Use It?

In Lecture 4 we will talk about SimScale and I will give you a brief tour of the platform including the Dashboard, Public Projects and the SimScale Workbench. 

Using SimScale for Engineering Simulation

[EXERCISE 1] Creating your SimScale Community Account
Creating your Drone Simulation in SimScale
7 Lectures 23:52

In Lecture 6, we will log in into SimScale, create a Public Project, and upload the CAD geometries of Drone 1 and Drone 2

Starting a Project

[Exercise 2] Uploading a CAD Model

In Lecture 8, we will go through how to set up the mesh for Drone 1 using snappyHex. 

Mesh Creator

[EXERCISE 3] Creating a Mesh

In Lecture 10, we will move to the Simulation Designer tab and set up our incompressible fluid flow simulation. 

Simulation Designer

[EXERCISE 4] Setting up and Running the Simulation

In the final lecture of the course, we will view the results of the simulation in the SimScale post-processor. 

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Engineer, Community Manager at SimScale GmbH

I'm a recent graduate of the University of Illinois with background in civil and structural engineering. 

I've been working at SimScale GmbH for almost a year and engaged with our growing community of engineers, designers, maker, students. I'm excited to share my knowledge of engineering simulation using the SimScale platform - a browser-based tool that is accessible to everyone. 

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