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Special Issue "Modelling of Aerospace Vehicle Dynamics"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Florian Ion Tiberiu Petrescu

Department of Mechanisms and Robots Theory, Bucharest Polytechnic University, Bucharest, Romania; Vice President of IFToMM, ARoTMM, Bucharest Branch
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Interests: aircraft; aerospace; energy; physics; nuclear physics; nuclear energy; nuclear power; quantum physics; industrial design; mechanical design; engines design; mechanical transmissions; dynamics; vibrations; mechanisms; machines; robots
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Shuhui Li

Department of Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies, College of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA
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Interests: smart grid and smart microgrid; renewable energy; systems power; electronics; electric machines and drives; power systems; artificial intelligence and neural networks modeling; analysis and simulation of dynamic systems; massively parallel processing applications software; engineering measurements and instrumentations
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Lorenzo Fedele

Department of Center for Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Faculty, Università degli Studi "La Sapienza" di Roma, Italy
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Interests: aerospace; energy; maintenance planning & control; mechanical engineering; productivity measurement; evaluation; planning and improvement; quality control; risk management; soft computing; systems engineering; systems reliability/maintainability; systems safety engineering

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Guest Editors are inviting submissions for a Special Issue of Energies on the subject area of "Modelling of Aerospace Vehicle Dynamics". This Special Issue aims to contribute to the study of propulsion systems for modern aerospace vehicles with the obvious aim of improving them, endowing them with the ability to move much faster and more easily in any direction, for a very long time, covering huge distances without the need of refueling as is the case for conventional, chemical propulsion. The rapid deployment of modern aerospace propulsion solutions is based on high-power lasers, especially, lasers that have an extremely high frequency. The propulsion laser has the great advantage of operating at many pulses per second (high frequency indeed). Even if future propellers in aerospace will be electric motors, other modern propulsion systems, such as those with ionic engines, laser propulsion, etc. can be discussed in this Special Issue. “Modelling of Aerospace Vehicle Dynamics” unifies all aspects of flight dynamics for the efficient development of aerospace vehicle simulations. A proof-of-concept simulation has demonstrated improvement in vortex estimation when combining data from the aircraft's moment and the fuel flow sensors. A complete set of tools to build, program, and execute the simulations is necessary. Increasing efficiency in aerospace systems is a key goal across the spectrum of all flying operations. Researchers are constantly striving to present efficient solutions for all phases of flight projects, from development, to fabrication and operation processes. From a new wing design that could exponentially increase total aircraft efficiency to a novel test stand for single-engine electric aircraft, researchers are finding unique solutions that increase efficiency.

This Special Issue will focus on emerging power electronic topologies and applications for power systems and motor drives for aerospace vehicles. Topics of interest for publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Increasing efficiency in aerospace systems;
  • Novel solutions into all phases of flight projects;
  • Recent traction systems for aerospace vehicles;
  • Novel test stand for single-engine electric aircraft;
  • Turbo-electric distributed propulsion;
  • New wing design that could exponentially increase aircraft efficiency;
  • Electromagnetic flow control to enable natural laminar flow wings;
  • Improved accuracy for greater drag reduction and fuel;
  • Jet propulsion;
  • Hall effect thrusters;
  • Gridded electrostatic ion engine;
  • High-energy synchrotron;
  • Linear Van de Graaff accelerator;
  • Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN;
  • Novel renewable energy converter and inverter systems;
  • Virtual synchronous generators;
  • Particle accelerators;
  • Synchrotron radiation;
  • Synchrotron light;
  • High-voltage DC transmission systems;
  • Electrical machines, drives, systems, and applications;
  • New topologies for high voltage inverters and converters;
  • Power electronics in smart grid;
  • AC/DC converters and inverters;
  • Control and optimization of power electronic circuit;

Prof. Dr. Florian Ion Tiberiu Petrescu
Prof. Dr. Shuhui Li
Prof. Dr. Lorenzo Fedele
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Energies is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • power electronics
  • novel solutions of flight projects
  • turbo-electric distributed propulsion
  • power systems
  • motor drives
  • new topologies for convertersand inverters
  • high-power applications
  • jet propulsion
  • hall effect thrusters
  • particle accelerators
  • ion thruster
  • MPD thruster
  • VASIMR magnetic field
  • high-energy synchrotron
  • gridded electrostatic ion engine
  • large hadron collider (LHC) at CERN
  • synchrotron radiation
  • synchrotron light
  • synchronous generators
  • vehicle dynamics
  • new wing design
  • natural laminar flow wings

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Open AccessArticle Fault Diagnosis and Fault-Tolerant Control Scheme for Quadcopter UAVs with a Total Loss of Actuator
Energies 2019, 12(6), 1139; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12061139 (registering DOI)
Received: 22 February 2019 / Revised: 17 March 2019 / Accepted: 20 March 2019 / Published: 23 March 2019
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Fault-tolerant control has drawn attention in recent years owning to its reliability and safe flight during missions. In this article, an active fault-tolerant control method is proposed to control a quadcopter in the presence of actuator faults and disturbances. Firstly, the dynamics of [...] Read more.
Fault-tolerant control has drawn attention in recent years owning to its reliability and safe flight during missions. In this article, an active fault-tolerant control method is proposed to control a quadcopter in the presence of actuator faults and disturbances. Firstly, the dynamics of the quadcopter are presented. Secondly, a robust adaptive sliding mode Thau observer is presented to estimate the time-varying magnitudes of actuator faults. Thirdly, a fault-tolerant control scheme based on sliding mode control and reconfiguration technique is designed to maintain the quadcopter at the desired position despite the presence of faults. Unlike previous studies, the proposed method aims to integrate the fault diagnosis and a fault-tolerant control scheme into a single unit with total loss of actuator. Simulation results illustrate the efficiency of the suggested algorithm. Full article
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