Developing a modular tool to simulate regeneration power potential using orographic wind-hovering uavs

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Abstract

Applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are often limited by flight endurance. To address the limitation of endurance, we propose a regenerative soaring method in this paper. The atmospheric energy from updraft generated by obstacles such as hills and ships can be harvested by UAVs using a regenerative electric drivetrain. With fixed-wing aircraft, the vehicle can hover with specific wind condition, and the battery can be recharged in the air while wind hovering. In order to research the feasibility of this regenerative soaring method, we present a model to estimate hovering locations and the amount of extractable power using the proposed method. The resulting modular regeneration simulation tool can efficiently determine the possible hovering locations and provide an estimate of the power regeneration potential for each hovering location, given the UAVs aerodynamic characteristics and wind-field conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th International Micro Air Vehicle Conference
EditorsJose Martinez-Carranza
Pages116-123
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event12th International Micro Air Vehicle Conference - Puebla, Mexico
Duration: 17 Nov 202119 Nov 2021
Conference number: 12

Conference

Conference12th International Micro Air Vehicle Conference
Abbreviated titleIMAV 2021
Country/TerritoryMexico
CityPuebla
Period17/11/2119/11/21

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