The main aim of the study for me was to push my CAD skills further, so after very few sketches I jumped straight in and modelled the aircraft and many of the details were resolved directly in the program (one of the many benefits of working for yourself, you don't need to get a client to approve the sketch before you model it!)
In the coming years all forms of transport will be subject to legislation on emissions (Carbon Dioxide, Nitrous Oxide etc). Posing serious problems for the aviation industry which is one of the highest polluters, in its current form the aircraft as we know it will struggle to meet these targets in years to come.
Stratoliner is based on the form of the Bar Tailed Godwit, a bird that holds the record for the longest none stop flight of 11500km. By styling the form to resemble that of a bird the aim is to increase the efficiency of the air frame and reduce the fuel use. Large wings provide a large amount of lift at much lower airspeeds than traditional fixed wing aircraft, this means the aircraft can fly at low speeds where the amount of aerodynamic drag is much lower, reducing fuel use. This also reduces the amount of noise pollution when flying over residential areas
A Modern Glider
The design takes advantage of the advances in modern engine technology and its reliability. By styling the airframe as a BWB (Blended Wing Body) the Stratoliner is able to glide for short periods of time. This means the engines can be throttled down to save fuel when the aircraft begins its decent to land as well as in long haul flight.
What is Cryogenic Hydrogen?
Cryogenic Hydrogen is Hydrogen gas that is supercooled until it becomes a liquid. Used in rocketry along with other chemicals, when burnt on its own the only bi-product is water, and if its good enough for NASA its good enough for me!
Below is a turbofan jet engine I modelled for the airframe, put together as an aesthetic model in Autodesk Inventor one Saturday Afternoon it is inspired by the modern Rolls Royce turbofan engines.