Dynamics Modeling and Conceptual Design of UAVs

A special issue of Drones (ISSN 2504-446X). This special issue belongs to the section "Drone Design and Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 16 August 2024 | Viewed by 767

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School of Aeronautics, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an 710072, China
Interests: aircraft task planning and swarm control; UAV

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School of Aeronautics, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an 710072, China
Interests: aircraft flight dynamics and control; UAV

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School of Aeronautics, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an 710072, China
Interests: computer vision and machine learning; UAV

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Department of Mechanical Engineering, New Mexico Tech, Weir Hall, Room 208, Socorro, NM 87801, USA
Interests: drones (UAV/MAV/NAV/PAV): fixed wings, flapping wings, tilt-rotor/wing drones, morphing drones, space and marine drones
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Dear Colleagues,

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have become increasingly popular and important in various applications, such as search, rescue, and delivery services. As technology advances, UAVs are expected to have even more versatile applications. However, the development of UAVs heavily relies on their dynamics modeling and conceptual design, which are critical for ensuring their performance, reliability, and safety.

Dynamics modeling of UAVs involves mathematical and computational models that capture the physical behaviors and interactions of UAVs with their environments. It helps researchers and engineers better understand the dynamics of UAVs and design control systems that can stabilize and control the UAVs in different mission scenarios. Meanwhile, conceptual design is the early stage of UAV design, where the UAVs' overall configuration, shape, and size are determined based on mission requirements and technical constraints. It directly affects the performance and capabilities of UAVs.

Given the crucial importance of dynamics modeling and conceptual design for UAVs, this Special Issue explores recent advances and challenges in this research area. The aim is to provide a platform for researchers and experts to share their latest findings, exchange ideas and insights, and enhance collaborations.

This Special Issue aims to collect papers (original research articles and review papers) to give insights into new developments in dynamic modeling and conceptual design of advanced UAVs. Potential topics include but are not limited to aerodynamic modeling of UAVs, system identification and parameter estimation of UAVs, development of control strategies for UAV stabilization and control, multi-disciplinary design optimization of UAVs, and design and analysis of novel UAV concepts and configurations.

The contributions to this Special Issue cover a wide range of topics related to UAV dynamics modeling and conceptual design, including but not limited to:

  • Aerodynamic modeling of UAVs;
  • System identification and parameter estimation of UAVs;
  • Development of control strategies for UAV stabilization and control;
  • Multi-disciplinary design optimization of UAVs;
  • Design and analysis of novel UAV concepts and configurations.

We believe this Special Issue will serve as a valuable reference and source of inspiration for researchers and practitioners involved in UAV dynamics modeling and conceptual design. We look forward to receiving your original research articles and reviews.

Prof. Dr. Ni Li
Dr. Ban Wang
Prof. Dr. Shuhui Bu
Dr. Mostafa Hassanalian
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • dynamics modeling
  • conceptual design
  • UAV
  • control strategies
  • system identification

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18 pages, 6246 KiB  
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Ground Effect on the Thrust Performance of Staggered Rotor System
by He Zhu, Shaoxiong Wei, Hong Nie, Yuhao Du and Xiaohui Wei
Drones 2024, 8(4), 118; https://doi.org/10.3390/drones8040118 - 23 Mar 2024
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Abstract
In this study, the thrust performance of a staggered rotor system in-ground effect (IGE) and out-of-ground effect (OGE) while considering the interaction on wake characteristics were investigated experimentally. A thorough comprehension of their performance holds significant importance for trajectory planning, aircraft design, landing [...] Read more.
In this study, the thrust performance of a staggered rotor system in-ground effect (IGE) and out-of-ground effect (OGE) while considering the interaction on wake characteristics were investigated experimentally. A thorough comprehension of their performance holds significant importance for trajectory planning, aircraft design, landing safety, and energy-efficient landings. The complex interactions within staggered rotor systems and the impact of ground effects make rotor distance and ground interactions critical factors influencing near-ground flight performance. The study investigated the influence and enhancements of rotor thrust performance through an examination of rotor speed, lateral distance, and altitude. Experimental tests were conducted on two small-scale rotor models to assess the effects of these parameters. These experiments compared the performance of staggered rotor systems with isolated rotors, analyzing the competition mechanism between the thrust loss caused by interference and the thrust gain of rotors IGE. Furthermore, emphasis was placed on analyzing the thrust gain issues exhibited by staggered rotor systems under the condition of H = 2R. Additionally, the analysis was focused on identifying prominent relative positions for thrust performance and parameters for improving thrust performance in ground effects in staggered rotor systems. Full article
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