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Development of a test-rig for exploring optimal conditions of small unmanned aerial vehicle co-axial rotor systems

Development of a test-rig for exploring optimal conditions of small unmanned aerial vehicle co-axial rotor systems
Development of a test-rig for exploring optimal conditions of small unmanned aerial vehicle co-axial rotor systems
Due to the recent increase in development and use of co-axial rotor system at the scale of small UAVs a greater understanding of the performance variables that affect the co-axial propulsion system at low Reynolds number operation has become increasingly apparent when optimizing such systems. This paper focuses on and details the development and fabrication of a small UAV co-axial rotor system test-rig, and investigations into the optimal inter-rotor spacing range between contra-rotating rotors. An integrated test-rig has been specifically designed for the testing and analysis of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) propellers and out-runner motors which are predominantly used in SUAV propulsion systems. The test-rig incorporates linear motion, yaw, force and other performance measurements, to help validate the identified core co-axial rotor system performance attributes. The co-axial test-rig was used to investigate co-axial rotor systems inter-rotor spacing which identified an optimum H/D ratio region of (0.41 – 0.65)
Bell, Jonathon
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Brazinskas, Mantas
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Prior, Stephen D.
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Erbil, Mehmet Ali
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Karamanoglu, Mehmet
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Bell, Jonathon
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Prior, Stephen D.
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Barlow, Chris
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Bell, Jonathon, Brazinskas, Mantas, Prior, Stephen D., Erbil, Mehmet Ali and Karamanoglu, Mehmet (2010) Development of a test-rig for exploring optimal conditions of small unmanned aerial vehicle co-axial rotor systems. Barlow, Chris (ed.) International Conference on Manufacturing Engineering Systems, Taiwan, Province of China. 16 - 20 Dec 2010.

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Due to the recent increase in development and use of co-axial rotor system at the scale of small UAVs a greater understanding of the performance variables that affect the co-axial propulsion system at low Reynolds number operation has become increasingly apparent when optimizing such systems. This paper focuses on and details the development and fabrication of a small UAV co-axial rotor system test-rig, and investigations into the optimal inter-rotor spacing range between contra-rotating rotors. An integrated test-rig has been specifically designed for the testing and analysis of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) propellers and out-runner motors which are predominantly used in SUAV propulsion systems. The test-rig incorporates linear motion, yaw, force and other performance measurements, to help validate the identified core co-axial rotor system performance attributes. The co-axial test-rig was used to investigate co-axial rotor systems inter-rotor spacing which identified an optimum H/D ratio region of (0.41 – 0.65)

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Published date: 2010
Venue - Dates: International Conference on Manufacturing Engineering Systems, Taiwan, Province of China, 2010-12-16 - 2010-12-20
Organisations: Aeronautics, Astronautics & Comp. Eng

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Local EPrints ID: 342843
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/342843
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ORCID for Stephen D. Prior: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4993-4942

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Date deposited: 14 Sep 2012 14:13
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:26

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