Dual-axis tilting rotor quad-plane design, simulation, flight and performance comparison with a conventional quad-plane design

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Abstract

In the last few decades, the UAV research has been focusing on hybrid vehicles with Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) capabilities. Opposed to copters, hybrid vehicles are highly influenced by wind disturbances. This paper presents a novel quad-plane design that uses four dual-axis tilting rotors to enhance the wind rejection capability of a conventional quad-plane vehicle. After the non-linear mathematical model derivation and the actuator identification, the performance of the vehicle is addressed and compared to a conventional quad-plane in simulation, showing a factor 3.4 improvement in linear acceleration reaction time and a reduction of the gust induced displacement of 80%. Free-flight wind tunnel experiments confirmed the simulation outcome and extended the vehicle wind rejection capabilities behavior also to the lateral gust scenario.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2022 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ICUAS 2022
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages197-206
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-6654-0593-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event2022 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ICUAS 2022 - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Duration: 21 Jun 202224 Jun 2022

Publication series

Name2022 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ICUAS 2022

Conference

Conference2022 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ICUAS 2022
Country/TerritoryCroatia
CityDubrovnik
Period21/06/2224/06/22

Bibliographical note

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Keywords

  • Hybrid MAVs
  • Quad-plane
  • Tilting rotors
  • UAV
  • VTOL
  • Wind disturbance rejection capability

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