Determination of the optimal parameters and engine layout for a strike unmanned aerial vehicle

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The article describes the solution of a complex problem to determine the optimal parameters and engine layout for the power plant of an advanced unmanned aerial vehicle according to the methodology developed by the authors using the author’s complex mathematical model and the well-known method of indirect statistical optimization based on self-organization. At the same time, the main aerodynamic and flight performance characteristics of the unmanned aerial vehicle under study, calculated according to engineering methods, are shown, as well as the parameters and characteristics of its power plant, calculated using the author’s algorithm implemented in a complex mathematical model. The results of parametric studies are also presented using the example of assessing the influence of the bypass ratio on the characteristics of a power plant and the parameters of the unmanned aerial vehicle under study. The process of conducting optimization studies of the “Unmanned aerial vehicle – power plant” system with a bypass turbojet engine with mixing of the circuit flows behind the turbine is described. At the same time, special attention is paid to the formulation of the optimization problem, the choice of criteria and changeable variables, as well as the analysis of the results obtained by comparing the efficiency of the system under study with different engine configurations according to the criteria of the aircraft level: maximum range according to two formed flight programs.

About the authors

Yu. V. Zinenkov

Military Educational and Scientific Center of the Air Force Academy named after Professor N.E. Zhukovsky and Yu.A. Gagarin

Author for correspondence.

Candidate of Science (Engineering), Doctoral Student of the Department of Aircraft Engines

Russian Federation

A. V. Lukovnikov

Central Institute of Aviation Motors


Doctor of Science (Engineering), Associate Professor, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Astronautics named after K.E. Tsiolkovsky, Chief of the Department of Aircraft Engines

Russian Federation

S. V. Agaverdyev

Military Educational and Scientific Center of the Air Force Academy named after Professor N.E. Zhukovsky and Yu.A. Gagarin


Military Science Student

Russian Federation


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