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Analysis and Synthesis of Multi-Rotor Aerial Vehicles

[+] Author Affiliations
Qimi Jiang, Daniel Mellinger, Christine Kappeyne, Vijay Kumar

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Paper No. DETC2011-47114, pp. 711-720; 10 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 6: 35th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B
  • Washington, DC, USA, August 28–31, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5483-9
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


This work addresses two basic problems of the multi-rotor aerial vehicle (MRAV). The first problem is the force analysis of the rotors. In order to save energy and maximize the lifetime of a given MRAV, the force distribution of the rotors is analyzed. As a result, an optimal set of angular velocities is obtained. The second problem is the configuration synthesis of the MRAV. In order to maximize the acceleration and improve the maneuverability of the MRAV, the geometric configuration (position and orientation) of the rotors is synthesized. The approaches for analysis and synthesis are presented and demonstrated by several case studies. The obtained results can be applied in the design of the MRAV and used as a guide for experimental studies.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME
Topics: Rotors , Aircraft



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