UAV System Modelling Design and Simulation

A special issue of Aerospace (ISSN 2226-4310).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 903

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Department of Fundamentals of Machinery Design, Silesian University of Technology, Stanislawa Konarskiego 18A, 44-100 Gliwice, Poland
Interests: aircraft design; UAVs; aircraft structures; KBE; electric propulsion; composite structures; modelling and simulation; multidisciplinary design optimization; model-based design; simulation-based engineering; transdisciplinary engineering; fuel cells; energy systems; design methodologies; design and optimization

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Interests: continuum mechanics; thin shell deformation; stability of structures; approximate theories in nonlinear mechanics; experimental methods; applied mathematics; fractional order/variable order calculus; flight mechanics; composites
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Dear Colleagues,

The development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) is a highly dynamic area of aviation research. UAVs encompass an extensive group systems, including classic fixed-wing or rotorcraft systems; however, this group also includes multirotor systems, hybrid systems or other interesting solutions that combine the advantages of multirotors and fixed-wing aircraft, such as tailsitters, as well as ornithopters and many other systems never seen before in practice. Due to their specific interaction with the environment, it is necessary to study in detail the environment in which UAVs operate due to the autonomy of the operations they perform. The wide range of issues that need to be considered when designing UAV systems results in the intensive use of modelling and simulation methods.

The scope of the Special Issue will include, but is not limited to, the following topics associated with the modelling and simulation of UAV systems:

  • Novel drone designs and architectures;
  • Aerodynamic modelling and optimization;
  • Flight control and stability;
  • High-precision robust and fast maneuver control of UAVs;
  • Autonomous navigation and path planning;
  • Autonomous localization of UAVs under GPS-denied environment;
  • Autonomous/cooperative decision and planning for UAVs/swarms;
  • Sensor fusion and perception;
  • Application of novel sensing technologies in UAVs;
  • Propulsion and power supply systems;
  • New discoveries in UAV energy and power systems;
  • Artificial intelligence technologies in the field of UAVs.
  • Application of innovative design methods:
  • Model-based design;
  • Model-based system engineering.

We welcome original research articles and review articles that address any of the above topics or related areas. We look forward to receiving high-quality submissions that contribute to the advancement of the field of UAV system modelling, design and simulation.

Prof. Dr. Wojciech Skarka
Dr. Miha Brojan
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  • unmanned aerial vehicle
  • drones
  • electric propulsion
  • simulation
  • numerical modelling

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Modeling Wind and Obstacle Disturbances for Effective Performance Observations and Analysis of Resilience in UAV Swarms
by Abhishek Phadke, F. Antonio Medrano, Tianxing Chu, Chandra N. Sekharan and Michael J. Starek
Aerospace 2024, 11(3), 237; - 18 Mar 2024
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UAV swarms have multiple real-world applications but operate in a dynamic environment where disruptions can impede performance or stop mission progress. Ideally, a UAV swarm should be resilient to disruptions to maintain the desired performance and produce consistent outputs. Resilience is the system’s [...] Read more.
UAV swarms have multiple real-world applications but operate in a dynamic environment where disruptions can impede performance or stop mission progress. Ideally, a UAV swarm should be resilient to disruptions to maintain the desired performance and produce consistent outputs. Resilience is the system’s capability to withstand disruptions and maintain acceptable performance levels. Scientists propose novel methods for resilience integration in UAV swarms and test them in simulation scenarios to gauge the performance and observe the system response. However, current studies lack a comprehensive inclusion of modeled disruptions to monitor performance accurately. Existing approaches in compartmentalized research prevent a thorough coverage of disruptions to test resilient responses. Actual resilient systems require robustness in multiple components. The challenge begins with recognizing, classifying, and implementing accurate disruption models in simulation scenarios. This calls for a dedicated study to outline, categorize, and model interferences that can be included in current simulation software, which is provided herein. Wind and in-path obstacles are the two primary disruptions, particularly in the case of aerial vehicles. This study starts a multi-step process to implement these disruptions in simulations accurately. Wind and obstacles are modeled using multiple methods and implemented in simulation scenarios. Their presence in simulations is demonstrated, and suggested scenarios and targeted observations are recommended. The study concludes that introducing previously absent and accurately modeled disruptions, such as wind and obstacles in simulation scenarios, can significantly change how resilience in swarm deployments is recorded and presented. A dedicated section for future work includes suggestions for implementing other disruptions, such as component failure and network intrusion. Full article
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