Optimum Design of Electric X-Kamikaze Drone in Conceptual Design Phase using Metaheuristic

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Pakin Champasak


This research presents the optimization of the concept design of an electrically powered X-wing kamikaze drone using metaheuristics. The objective function consists of finding the minimum of aircraft weight and maximum of endurance taking into account of the flight mission and flight stability requirement. Vortex lattice method (VLM) is used to calculate the aerodynamics and flight stability, and the blade element momentum theory (BEMT) method is used for the analysis the propeller. Multi-objective metaheuristic with new concept of parameter adaptation (MMIPDE) is used as an optimizer. Three optimal design results were selected from the pareto front. Battery capacity directly affects both objective functions. Another design variable of the aircraft will change up to weight. The optimum values from the aircraft design will be taken into consideration in the next phase.


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P. Champasak, “Optimum Design of Electric X-Kamikaze Drone in Conceptual Design Phase using Metaheuristic”, Def. Technol. Acad. J., vol. 6, no. 13, pp. 108–120, May 2024.
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