Aeromodelling is the art of designing,building and flying miniaturized aircrafts (powered or non-powered). It is both a hobby and sport; the hobby aspect involves building and assembling model aircraft, and the sport part involves the flying.
Aeromodelling Club, IIT Kanpur has been innovating new concept planes since 2006 and since then with time the projects have improved, new conceptual airplanes have been made here and it has set its own benchmark at the world level (especially after winning in Aero-TechFest at USA).
The club has worked on various aeromodels some of which are listed below.
Electric planes:An Electric Plane is an aircraft that runs on electric motors rather than internal combustion engines, with electricity coming from fuel cells, solar cells, ultracapacitors, power beaming, or batteries.
RC Hovercraft:Hovering means levitation that is an object is suspended by a physical force against gravity, in case of hoverboard it is a film of air that provides the required force against gravity. A strong blower is used to push the air through holes made in a thick plastic sheet (skirt), this creates an air cushion and reduces friction. Now forward thrust and direction could be given using another motor. It is a radio-controlled hovercraft by an operator using a hand-held radio transmitter. It is majorly used for personal transportation and fun.
Multi rotors:It is a multicopter that is lifted and propelled by multiple rotors. Unlike most helicopters, multirotors generally use symmetrical blades; these can be adjusted as a group, a property known as ‘collective’, but not individually based upon the blade’s position in the rotor disc, which is called ‘cyclic’. Control of vehicle motion is achieved by rotation rate of one or more rotor discs, thereby changing its torque load and thrust/lift characteristics.
Ornithopter:It works similar to how birds fly and hence the name ‘Ornithopter’. A particular gear box is used for this, where it is used to control the direction of wings and tail. It is a beautiful and wonderful aeromodel, and really amazes anyone seeing it fly.
Water rocket:A model rocket using water as its reaction mass. This a rocket is typically made from a used plastic soft drink bottle. The water is forced out by a pressurized gas, typically compressed air. Like all rocket engines, it operates on the principle of Newton's third law of motion.
Takneek:The Club organizes various competitions as a part of the Intra IITK Science and technology championship-Takneek by the Science and technology council IITK. They are listed below.
1. Aqua Drive-Teams have to design and fabricate water rockets which cover the maximum range & time of flight or land at predefined spots, at a given pressure.
2. Hover Rugby-Rugby match of Hover crafts with 2 Hovercrafts in each team.
3. Cruise Control-Competition of controlling an aircraft in air for the maximum time without any power only through the movement of its Ailerons, after it has reached a particular height.
Techkriti:The Club also organizes competitions in the Annual Science and technology festival-Techkriti by the Science and technology council, IITK. They are listed below.
1. Hover Rush-Hovercrafts race on a pre decided arena having various obstacles on path
2. Cruise Control-Competition of controlling an aircraft in air for the maximum time without any power only through the movement of its Ailerons, after it has reached a particular height.Same as above)
3. Impulse-It is the advance version of the Aqua Drive event of Takneek.
4. MultiRotor-Teams design and fly Multirovers(they have flight characteristics of both a plane and a helicopter) with some tasks to be done within the arena in minimum possible time.Similar tasks are performed with some payload also. This checks both the flying skills and the stability of the Bot.
Summer Projects: The Aeromodelling Club provides first-year students with the opportunity to stay back during the summers and take up projects under the club. Students are assured guidance from the Co-ordinators and the Secretaries of the club. They are given a stay permission from the SnT Council. Students can work in teams and are supposed to finish their project in a span of about 40 days. Everybody who manages to complete their summer project is awarded a certificate from the club. Mostly,it is made compulsory for the secretaries of the club to pursue an Aeromodelling Club project in the summers.
Coordinators: The club is currently headed by 2 Coordinators, who are Pre-Final year Undergraduate students. The coordinators serve a tenure of 1 year and are responsible for the conduction of all the activities as well as managing the finances. They often take lectures for the benefit of the students. Their contact details are given below.
1. Utkarsh Bansal-7536005888
2. Ritesh Maurya -8004005409
Secretaries: 15-20 Secretaries work with the Coordinators to assist in the working of the club. They are responsible for the publicity of the events, contributing the questions in . Usually, they are Undergraduate Sophomores.