Development of a test-rig for exploring optimal conditions of small unmanned aerial vehicle co-axial rotor systems

Bell, Jonathon and Brazinskas, Mantas and Prior, Stephen D. and Barlow, Chris and Erbil, Mehmet Ali and Karamanoglu, Mehmet (2010) Development of a test-rig for exploring optimal conditions of small unmanned aerial vehicle co-axial rotor systems. International Conference on Manufacturing Engineering Systems . pp. 439-444. ISSN http://www.ic-mes.com/organization.html

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Abstract

Due to the recent increase in development and use of co-axial rotor system at the scale of small UAVs a greater understanding of the performance variables that affect the co-axial propulsion system at low Reynolds number operation has become increasingly apparent when optimizing such systems.
This paper focuses on and details the development and fabrication of a small UAV co-axial rotor system test-rig, and investigations into the optimal inter-rotor spacing range between contra-rotating rotors.
An integrated test-rig has been specifically designed for the testing and analysis of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) propellers and out-runner motors which are predominantly used in SUAV propulsion systems. The test-rig incorporates linear motion, yaw, force and other performance measurements, to help validate the identified core co-axial rotor system performance attributes. The co-axial test-rig was used to investigate co-axial rotor systems inter-rotor spacing which identified an optimum H/D ratio region of (0.41 – 0.65).

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: International Conference on Manufacturing Engineering Systems conference held at South Taiwan University on 16-20th Dec 2010.
Keywords (uncontrolled): Co-Axial, UAV, Contra-Rotating, Aerodynamics Test-Rig
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology
A. > School of Science and Technology > Design Engineering and Mathematics
Item ID: 6900
Notes on copyright: With thanks to publisher for permitting reproduction of article.
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Depositing User: Dr Stephen Prior
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:00
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:22
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/6900

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