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 multirotor small unmanned aerial vehicles is developed by incorporating the effects of airflow speed, direction, rotor interaction, and other phenomena related to particular configurations, which are elements that 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
Article number8850208
Pages (from-to)2174-2197
Number of pages24
JournalIEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon Universidad de Monterrey.

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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