Electric multirotor propulsion system sizing for performance prediction and design optimization

Dmitry Bershadsky, Stephen Haviland, Eric N. Johnson

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Abstract

One of the more daunting tasks of designing a multirotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is the selection of a propulsion system that will provide desired performance. Rigorous methods for selecting these drive components, that is, the motors, propellers, and batteries for electric UAVs are not readily available. Currently, many UAV designs are based on legacy selections or limited and at times incorrect manufacturer data. These design methods are either simplistic or lacking in analysis and validation of component selection. Proper propulsion system design should address the mission requirements for which the vehicle is being designed. A proper design methodology is the best chance that the designer has to create a new vehicle that will be mission-capable. This paper attempts to satisfy the need for more thorough method of propulsion component selection. The paper is written also to document the popular online drive system validation tool due to numerous requests. This tool is one example implementation of the methodologies described by this paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication57th AIAA/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624103926
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Event57th AIAA/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 2016 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Jan 4 2016Jan 8 2016

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Name57th AIAA/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference

Other

Other57th AIAA/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference, 2016
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period1/4/161/8/16

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture
  • Mechanics of Materials

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Bershadsky, D., Haviland, S., & Johnson, E. N. (2015). Electric multirotor propulsion system sizing for performance prediction and design optimization. In 57th AIAA/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference (57th AIAA/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Conference). American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA.