Stress Investigation of Aluminium Alloy and Composite Material for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Application via Simulation Analysis
Keywords:Composite material, Glass fibre reinforced plastic, C-Drone, Stress analysis
Composite material offers excellent properties such as lightweight, high strength to weight ratios, and excellent corrosion resistance. Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia successfully developed a Cargo Drone (C-Drone) using aluminium alloy as its structure. The future enhancement is looking at the potential of composite material for C-Drone application. Therefore, this research aims to study the stress properties of aluminium alloy and glass fibre composite for C-Drone application via simulation analysis. The scope of this study focuses on the landing gear part of the C-Drone. The drawing of C-Drone was analysed through SolidWorks software to obtain the result of the material reacting to stress, strain, and displacement. The result shows that glass fibre with brittle properties can withstand a high amount of stress, acceptable strain rate, acceptable deformation and reduced weight up to 10% compared to aluminium alloy. This research proves that composite material such as glass fibre reinforced plastic can become an alternative to the current aluminium alloy 6061-T6.