Vertical Flight Society: Student Design Competition

Ages:Undergraduate, Graduate

Type:Presentation

Categories:engineering, STEM

Scope:International

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The Vertical Flight Society's annual Student Design Competition challenges students to design a vertical lift aircraft that meets specified requirements, provides a practical exercise for engineering students at colleges and universities around the world and promotes student interest in vertical flight technology. Each of the winning teams is awarded a cash stipend, while each of the first-place winning teams are invited to the Vertical Flight Society's Annual Forum and Technology Display to present the details of their designs. Members of the teams receive complimentary registration to the Forum, the vertical flight industry’s principal professional technical event, which promotes vertical flight technology advancement.

The Student Design Competition sponsorship rotates between Airbus, The Boeing Company, Bell, Leonardo Helicopters, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Co.; and US Army Research Lab. Through this partnership, VFS is able to reach the best and brightest students in the world and encourage them to pursue education and careers in vertical flight. VFS is grateful for the continual support that industry provides for its annual Student Design Competition, and proud of all students who elect to participate. Information is available on past winners.

Students will design a vertical lift aircraft according to specific requirements and present the details of their design.

A. Technical Content (40 points) The Technical Content of the proposal requires that:  Design meets the RFP technical requirements  Assumptions are clearly stated and logical  A thorough understanding of tools is evident  All major technical issues are considered  Appropriate trade studies are performed to direct/support the design process  Well balanced and appropriate substantiation of complete aircraft and subsystems is present  Technical drawings are clear, descriptive, and accurately represent a realistic design B. Application & Feasibility (25 points) The proposals will be judged on how well current and anticipated technologies are applied to the problem, and on the feasibility of the solution. The proposals must:  Justify and substantiate the technology levels that are used or anticipated  Direct appropriate emphasis and discussion to critical technological issues  Discuss how affordability considerations influenced the design process  Discuss how reliability and maintainability features influenced the design process  Discuss how manufacturing methods and materials were considered in the design process  Show an appreciation for the operation of the aircraft C. Originality (20 points) The originality of the proposal shall be judged on:  How innovative the solution is  How much does the solution demonstrate originality and show imagination  Vehicle/system aesthetics D. Organization & Presentation (15 points) The organization and presentation of the proposal requires:  A self-contained Executive Summary that contains all pertinent information and a compelling case as to why the proposal should win (must be a separate file)  An introduction that clearly describes the major features of the proposed system  A well-organized proposal with all information presented in a readily accessible and logical sequence  Clear and uncluttered graphs, tables, drawings and other visual elements  Complete citations of all previous relevant work (the “state of the art”)  Professional quality and presentation  The proposal meets all format and content requirements  The RFP describes the proposal requirements and design objectives
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Website: https://vtol.org/awards-and-contests/student-design-competition

Managing Organization: Vertical Flight Society

Contact:

jmgibbs@vtol.org

Entry Fee: $

Eligibility:
Undergraduate and graduate students from any school (university or college) may participate in this competition, with the exception of countries or persons prohibited by the United States government. A student may be full-time or part-time; their education level will be considered in the classification of their team.

This competition has not yet posted any deadlines.

Overview

The Vertical Flight Society's annual Student Design Competition challenges students to design a vertical lift aircraft that meets specified requirements, provides a practical exercise for engineering students at colleges and universities around the world and promotes student interest in vertical flight technology. Each of the winning teams is awarded a cash stipend, while each of the first-place winning teams are invited to the Vertical Flight Society's Annual Forum and Technology Display to present the details of their designs. Members of the teams receive complimentary registration to the Forum, the vertical flight industry’s principal professional technical event, which promotes vertical flight technology advancement.

The Student Design Competition sponsorship rotates between Airbus, The Boeing Company, Bell, Leonardo Helicopters, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Co.; and US Army Research Lab. Through this partnership, VFS is able to reach the best and brightest students in the world and encourage them to pursue education and careers in vertical flight. VFS is grateful for the continual support that industry provides for its annual Student Design Competition, and proud of all students who elect to participate. Information is available on past winners.

Process

Students will design a vertical lift aircraft according to specific requirements and present the details of their design.

Criteria

A. Technical Content (40 points) The Technical Content of the proposal requires that:  Design meets the RFP technical requirements  Assumptions are clearly stated and logical  A thorough understanding of tools is evident  All major technical issues are considered  Appropriate trade studies are performed to direct/support the design process  Well balanced and appropriate substantiation of complete aircraft and subsystems is present  Technical drawings are clear, descriptive, and accurately represent a realistic design B. Application & Feasibility (25 points) The proposals will be judged on how well current and anticipated technologies are applied to the problem, and on the feasibility of the solution. The proposals must:  Justify and substantiate the technology levels that are used or anticipated  Direct appropriate emphasis and discussion to critical technological issues  Discuss how affordability considerations influenced the design process  Discuss how reliability and maintainability features influenced the design process  Discuss how manufacturing methods and materials were considered in the design process  Show an appreciation for the operation of the aircraft C. Originality (20 points) The originality of the proposal shall be judged on:  How innovative the solution is  How much does the solution demonstrate originality and show imagination  Vehicle/system aesthetics D. Organization & Presentation (15 points) The organization and presentation of the proposal requires:  A self-contained Executive Summary that contains all pertinent information and a compelling case as to why the proposal should win (must be a separate file)  An introduction that clearly describes the major features of the proposed system  A well-organized proposal with all information presented in a readily accessible and logical sequence  Clear and uncluttered graphs, tables, drawings and other visual elements  Complete citations of all previous relevant work (the “state of the art”)  Professional quality and presentation  The proposal meets all format and content requirements  The RFP describes the proposal requirements and design objectives

Awards

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Participate

Website: https://vtol.org/awards-and-contests/student-design-competition

Managing Organization: Vertical Flight Society

Contact:

jmgibbs@vtol.org

Entry Fee:

Eligibility:
Undergraduate and graduate students from any school (university or college) may participate in this competition, with the exception of countries or persons prohibited by the United States government. A student may be full-time or part-time; their education level will be considered in the classification of their team.

Deadlines

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