Design, modelling and measurement of hybrid powerplant for unmanned aerial systems (UAS)

Glassock, Richard R., Hung, Jane Y., Gonzalez, Luis F., & Walker, Rodney A. (2008) Design, modelling and measurement of hybrid powerplant for unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Australian Journal of Mechanical Engineering, 6(2), pp. 69-78.

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Hybrid powerplants combining Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) and Electric Motor (EM) prime movers have been extensively developed for land and marine based transport systems. The use of such powerplants in airborne applications has been historically impractical due to energy and power density constraints. Improvements in battery and electric motor technology make aircraft hybrid powerplants feasible. This paper presents a technique for determining the feasibility and mechanical effectiveness of powerplant hybridisation. In this work a prototype Aircraft Hybrid Powerplant (AHP) was designed, constructed and tested. It is shown that an additional 35% power can be supplied from the hybrid system with an overall weight penalty of 5%, for a given UAS. A flight dynamic model was developed using the AeroSim™ Blockset in MATLAB® Simulink®. The results have shown that climb rates can be improved by 56% when using the hybrid powerplant concept, with a standard propeller design.

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ID Code: 11237
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Aircraft Hybrid Propulsion Performance Simulation
ISBN: 0858258625
ISSN: 1448-4846
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (090100)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Engineers Australia
Copyright Statement: Paper originally presented at 5th Australasian Congress on Applied Mechanics, ACAM 10-12 December 2007, Brisbane, Australia.
Deposited On: 17 Dec 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 30 May 2013 08:10

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