Ribs for the Foldable Ultralight Sailplane

Posted by ultralajt on January 18, 2014 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I made and test wing ribs for the Foldable Ultralight Sailplane.


Photo above: Rib test contraption. Note bottles and bucket filled with water as a ballast. Of course I weighted the proper ammount.

I am happy with results, as rib survive ultimate load and permanent deformation after ultimate load was almost next to none.

I made pretty primitive contraption for the test.

I use wooden board and clam it vertical into a vice on the bench.

I install rib to that board using a piece of the hardwood. I use bolts trough holes made at end of the rib tubes.

I hang weight to ribs using strong string and bottles filled with apropriate ammount of water and a plastic bucket also filled with water.

To protect strings against sliding off the proper location I wrapped joints with adhesive tape. I also protect strings against rubbing onto the gussets edges by wrapping gusset edges with a cardboard. It not looks nice, but it served the mission.

At end of the rin I attach an arrow alike aluminum sheet and close to it a ruller, where I measure the deflections under the load.

I made a photos of rib deflection at 0, 1, 4 and 6G Load:

1G test: deflection at end of the rib 0 mm

4G test: deflection at end of the rib 5 mm

6G test: deflection at end of the rib 9 mm

Permanent deformation after 6G load: 1 mm

So much for now. It seems to me, that I will stay with this rib design.

Old sketches

Posted by ultralajt on January 21, 2013 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday I scan one of my oldest shetchbooks to make digital archive of my earliest work.

It is fun to see my sketches from some 30 years or more ago.

Here is a link to a gallery:

And here some samples: