Developing an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) multi-sensor payload carrier for air quality monitoring

Nguyen, Peter (2016) Developing an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) multi-sensor payload carrier for air quality monitoring.


Emissions of gases and particles from sea-faring ships have been shown to impact on the atmospheric chemistry and climate. To efficiently monitor and report these emissions found from a ship’s plume, the concept of using a multi-rotor or UAV to hover inside or near the exhaust of the ship to actively record the data in real time is being developed. However, for the required sensors obtain the data; their sensors must face into the airflow of the ships plume. This report presents an approach to have sensors able to read in the chemicals and particles emitted from the ship without affecting the flight dynamics of the multi-rotor UAV by building a sealed chamber in which a pump can take in the surrounding air (outside the downwash effect of the multi-rotor) where the sensors are placed and can analyse the gases safely. Results show that the system is small, lightweight and air-sealed and ready for flight test.

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ID Code: 94748
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
Keywords: UAV, Air Quality, UAS, Aerial Robot, Payload Carrier, Gas Sensors, 3D Printing
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (090100) > Flight Dynamics (090106)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 The Author
Deposited On: 12 Apr 2016 01:48
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2016 04:46

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