Multimodal hybrid powerplant for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) robotics

Glassock, Richard R. (2008) Multimodal hybrid powerplant for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) robotics. In Kim, Jonghyuk & Mahony, Robert (Eds.) Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation 2008, December 3-5 2008, Canberra.

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This paper presents a technique for determining the performance, feasibility and effectiveness of powerplant hybridisation for Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). A Hybrid Powerplant offers the possiblity of a radical improvement in the autonomy of the aircraft for various tasks without sacrificing payload range or endurance capability. 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% and endurance increased by 13% when using the hybrid powerplant concept. A variety of autonomous robotic aircraft tasks enabled by the hybrid powerplant is discussed.

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ID Code: 17160
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this paper can be freely accessed online via the conference's web page (see hypertext link).
Keywords: UAS, UAV, propulsion, hybrid, powerplant, engine, aircraft
ISBN: 978-0-646-50643-2
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (090100) > Aircraft Performance and Flight Control Systems (090104)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 08 Jan 2009 01:36
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:45

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