Improved model for micro-UAV propulsion systems: characterization and applications

Luis Amezquita-Brooks, Diana Hernandez-Alcantara, Carlos Santana-Delgado, Roberto Covarrubias-Fabela, Octavio Garcia-Salazar, Abigail M.E. Ramirez-Mendoza

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An improved propulsion model for multi-rotor small unmanned aerial vehicles is developed by incorporating the effects of airflow speed, direction, rotor interaction and other phenomena related with particular configurations; elements which are lacking in typical models. Two applications are presented. The first is a propulsion envelope, which helps determining safe operating conditions for particular propulsion systems. The second application allows elucidating important dynamical phenomena that traditional models lack, including possible instability with closed-loop controllers.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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