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How do scientists uncover phenomena and explain their connections? How do engineers design machines, methods and infrastructure? At omega tau, experts give detailed answers. Over the last ten years, we have produced over 350 episodes in which we dug deeper, until we ran out of questions. Join us on our journey through the world of science and engineering: the closer you look and listen, the more interesting things get.


episode 370: Nixus, the Fly-by-Wire Glider

Guest: Paulo Iscold  Host: Markus Voelter   Shownoter: Kolja Dummann

In this episode I talk with Paulo Iscold, a professor or aeronautical engineering at Cal Poly about Nixus Nixus, his most recent project. Nixus is one of the most fascinating and ground-breaking research efforts in the space of gliding. It uses advanced manufacturing techniques to support a very thing wing, plus a fly-by-wire system to control the ailerons and the flaps; the latter are automatically adjusted to the current speed.

Here is the Idaflieg presentation I mentioned in the intro.

Introduction 00:03:52

Akaflieg | Akaflieg Braunschweig SB-10 | Schleicher ASH 30

Nixus Airplane 00:11:31

(Omega tau 124 - The Concordia Sailplane)  | Autoclave | Ventus Glider | Online Contest (OLC) | Minden–Tahoe Airport (Idaflieg Lecture with Paulo Iscold: Nixus Project - pushing forward)  | How Nixus is build | Carbon fiber reinforced polymer | NASA X-57 Maxwell | Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)

Wing Accident 00:46:29

Fly by Wire System 00:58:05

(Glider competition classes - Open Class)  | Lift coefficient (Omega tau 100 - System Health Management)  | RS-485 | Fault tree analysis | The C Programming Language | Microcontroller | ARM Cortex-M | Hardware-in-the-loop simulation | Human Machine Interface (Omega tau 106 - Game Theory)  | CAN bus | Ethernet


 2021-06-04  1h42m