UBC engineering students’ aircraft model features BC wood in international competition

The University of British Columbia
September 14, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

UBC AeroDesign students are showcasing hometown pride with their use of BC wood in their newest competitive aircraft models. Each year, international competitors gather at the SAE Aero Design Competition in the US, to pit their fixed-wing, electrical-powered, remote-controlled aircraft against each other in specific design challenges. Built for the 2022 Regular Class design challenge, UBC AeroDesign’s model features balsa and BC-grown Sitka spruce in its fixed wing. “The spar is the most important structural element of the wing as it carries the weight of the wings,” said Vincent Liu, UBC AeroDesign team captain and a fourth-year mechanical engineering student. “Sitka spruce is light, strong and flexible, which makes it an ideal material for this challenge.” …For insight into wood fabrication methods and tolerances for their 2022 model, the team turned to the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing at UBC Faculty of Forestry.

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