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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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).
|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
|Notes on copyright:||With thanks to publisher for permitting reproduction of article.|
|Depositing User:||Dr Stephen Prior|
|Date Deposited:||20 Jan 2011 12:00|
|Last Modified:||01 Oct 2015 16:32|
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