Design, modelling and measurement of a hybrid powerplant for unmanned aerial systems

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

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Hybrid powerplants combining internal combustion engines and electric motor 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 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 unmanned aerial system. 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.

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ID Code: 81235
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Paper presented at Fifth Australasian Congress on Applied Mechanics
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Keywords: UAS, UAV, propulsion, hybrid, powerplant
ISSN: 1448-4846
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (090100) > Aerospace Engineering not elsewhere classified (090199)
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: Copyright 2008 Engineers Australia
Deposited On: 27 Jan 2015 04:30
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2015 04:00

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