Darío Rodríguez

Darío Rodríguez
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign | UIUC · Department of Aerospace Engineering

Master of Science
Engineering Design Optimization. High Performance Computing. Hypersonics. Scramjet Design and Optimization.

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Introduction
(Now outdated - It will be updated soon) Part of my job involves the design of fixed-wing UAVs through both analytical and experimental approaches. I'm currently working on the development of a parametric method that estimate the flight performance of such aerial devices within a certain mission. My interests range from common aerospace topics like aerodynamic design, electric propulsion, control and automation, flight testing to more computer-science subjects like computer vision and AI.
Additional affiliations
February 2018 - present
Escuela Politécnica Nacional
Position
  • Engineer
Education
April 2012 - November 2017
Escuela Politécnica Nacional
Field of study
  • Mechanical Engineering

Publications

Publications (13)
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Despite the increasing demand of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for a wide range of civil applications, there are few methodologies for their initial sizing. Nowadays, classical methods, mainly developed for transport aircraft, have been adapted to UAVs. However, these tools are not always suitable because they do not fully adapt to the plethora o...
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The geometry, volume, and mass properties (GVM) of lifting surfaces and wing box structures play an important role in aircraft design and optimization. Commercial Computer-Aided-Design packages can be employed to determine these features; however, they are difficult to embed in multidisciplinary frameworks because of their limited scripting capabil...
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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles performing in the Andean Region (3000-5000 m.a.s.l) impose different operating requirements for the structural design due to the harsh atmospheric conditions. At preliminary design stage where various configurations need to be tested, it is needed a versatile and low-cost computational method to assess the structural behavi...
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The performance benefits of ingesting the boundary layer (BLI), in conjunction with the development of novel aircraft concepts - like the Blended Wing Body (BWB) - have been envisioned with the aim of increasing the aircraft propulsive efficiency whilst reducing the gas emissions in civil aviation. Preliminary studies have shown that BLI can also less...
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Small Electric fixed-wing unmanned Aerial Vehicles (SE-FW UAVs) constitute a very powerful tool for mapping natural resources because of their numerous capabilities for remote sensing and their low environmental footprint, e.g. emissions and noise. However, mapping extensive areas with this type of UAVs remains as a challenge because of their low p...
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Ram Air Turbines (RAT) have been widely studied as auxiliary power units for civil aircraft. However, their use at low Reynolds and low Mach numbers, at which small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) usually operate, have not been deeply examined. The versatility of airframe configurations and electrical propulsion systems of UAVs present potential sy...
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The aim of the project is to derive sizing correlations of propulsion system components commonly employed by fuel and electric powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
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The performance benefits of directly ingesting the boundary layer (BLI) on air vehicles with distributed propulsion (DP) systems has been documented and explored extensively. However, numerous investigations have demonstrated that the increase of the flow distortion in the inlets of conventional propulsors can dramatically reduce the expected benef...
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In spite of the increasing demand of UAVs for a wide range of civil and military applications, there is a scarce number of tools and methodologies for their initial sizing and preliminary design. Nowadays, classical theories and sizing tools, mainly focused on transport aircraft, have been extrapolated to the UAV design procedure. However, these to...
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The inspection of wetlands in the Ecuadorian highlands has gained importance due to the environmental issues linked to the growth of human activities and the expansion of the agricultural and livestock frontiers. In this sense, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been amply used in monitoring activities such as the supervision of threatened ecosys...
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The aerodynamic characterization of a UAV during preliminary design brings several challenges, such as: suitable aerodynamic models for low Reynolds numbers and versatile assessment tools which can adapt to conventional and unconventional configurations. The lack of detailed geometries at preliminary design stage and the amount of configurations to...

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This poject focuses on the development of a methodology for the implementation of fixed wing unmanned aerial systems in the monitoring of vegetation cover of moors and wetlands, in order to raise baselines that allow the generation of platforms of Information in a pilot zone, which can then be extrapolated to other monitoring applications and also to other areas of the country. This geospatial and temporal information system will facilitate the work of government and private agencies related to the management of water resources and environmental impact. This will assess prospective scenarios based on the environmental policies generated, which will contribute to decision-making for the protection of natural resources. To summarize, the main contribution of the project will be based on four pillars: i) development of a methodology for the implementation of fixed wing UAVs for monitoring, II) development of algorithms and models for the processing of Ortomosaicos and its Characterization by means of the physical properties of the soil, iii) development of a pilot program in the region of the Antisana volcano for the calibration and validation of the models.
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This poject focuses on the development of a methodology for the implementation of fixed wing unmanned aerial systems in the monitoring of vegetation cover of moors and wetlands, in order to raise baselines that allow the generation of platforms of Information in a pilot zone, which can then be extrapolated to other monitoring applications and also to other areas of the country. This geospatial and temporal information system will facilitate the work of government and private agencies related to the management of water resources and environmental impact. This will assess prospective scenarios based on the environmental policies generated, which will contribute to decision-making for the protection of natural resources. To summarize, the main contribution of the project will be based on four pillars: i) development of a methodology for the implementation of fixed wing UAVs for monitoring, II) development of algorithms and models for the processing of Ortomosaicos and its Characterization by means of the physical properties of the soil, iii) development of a pilot program in the region of the Antisana volcano for the calibration and validation of the models.