Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

John Spinelli




power, design, aero, aircraft, competition


This thesis analyzes the integration and performance of a P.I control system within the SAE Aero Design Competition aircraft. This year the Union College Aero Design team will be competing in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Aero Design “Regular Class” Competition, which encompasses the design and production of a large‐scale remote controlled aircraft that must meet predetermined power and size constraints. The overall objective of the competition is to have the designed aircraft carry a maximum amount weight within a 200 feet runway while staying below a 1000W power limit. Each competitor must integrate a power limiter into their system, which forces each team to perform under the same power constraints. The purpose of this project is to implement a Proportional Integral control system that will allow the propulsion system to utilize the highest amount of power while maintaining a level below the 1000W threshold. The power the system uses directly relates to the amount of thrust the motor can provide, which then translates to the amount of weight the plane can carry.