Design of a static thruster for microair vehicle rotorcraft

Pounds, Paul, Mahony, Robert, & Corke, Peter (2009) Design of a static thruster for microair vehicle rotorcraft. Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 22(1), pp. 85-94.

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This paper presents a case study of a design for a complete microair vehicle thruster. Fixed-pitch small-scale rotors, brushless motors, lithium-polymer cells, and embedded control are combined to produce a mechanically simple, high-performance thruster with potentially high reliability. The custom rotor design requires a balance between manufacturing simplicity and rigidity of a blade versus its aerodynamic performance. An iterative steady-state aeroelastic simulator is used for holistic blade design. The aerodynamic load disturbances of the rotor-motor system in normal conditions are experimentally characterized. The motors require fast dynamic response for authoritative vehicle flight control. We detail a dynamic compensator that achieves satisfactory closed-loop response time. The experimental rotor-motor plant displayed satisfactory thrust performance and dynamic response.

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ID Code: 37559
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)0893-1321(2009)22:1(85)
ISSN: 0893-1321
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING (090600) > Control Systems Robotics and Automation (090602)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Deposited On: 28 Sep 2010 06:23
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:11

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