Design: Trimming a paper model aeroplane
- Download and print out the design specification with the plans of the model plane.
- Download the table (this will help you with the calculations).
- Download and read the Paper Aeroplane Story.
- Make the aeroplane!
If you attempt the design task, take a photo and upload it to our Through Engineers’ Eyes Padlet wall. You can include a link to your photo in the comments for this step (click on your post on the Padlet wall and then copy the web address).
- Note from RF. I had hoped that my paper glider would perform better than the classic folded paper aeroplane. It didn’t seem to work out that way. But I’m still trying. Do you have any comments on this?
- We’d like you know whether you built the paper glider, and if so, did you find the right ballast weight by trial and error, or by calculation? What was your experience?’
- It’s been suggested that you could weigh the ballast weight, drinking straw and paper components using the cardboard balance from Week 3. You could cut out pieces of paper as your weights (an A4 sheet of 80 grams per square metre (gsm) weighs approximately 5 grams). What do you think of this suggestion?
Through Engineers' Eyes: Engineering Mechanics by Experiment, Analysis and Design
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