Auburn University Wins in AIAA DBF Competition Using FlightStream<sup>®</sup>


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In an impressive display of skill and innovation, Aerospace Engineering students from Auburn University utilized FlightStream® to develop a high-ranking entry for the AIAA Design Build Fly (DBF) competition, held from April 20 to 24, 2017. The challenge involved designing, building, and flying a tube-stowed unmanned aircraft. Opting for a conventional design, the team employed FlightStream for its creation.

FlightStream® served as the primary tool for the students to analyze external aerodynamics. This approach enabled rapid iterations of their design, incorporating a more thorough exploration of aerodynamic aspects than traditional volumetric CFD methods would allow. The team’s initial report secured the 7th place out of 97 teams, and they achieved a top 25 position in the final standings. Research in Flight extends its congratulations and is honored to have supported these talented students in such a prestigious and competitive event.