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Micro UAVs Using Mechatronics Techniques

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Devdas Shetty, Louis Manzione

University of Hartford, Hartford, CT

Paper No. IMECE2012-87820, pp. 565-574; 10 pages
  • ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 1: Advances in Aerospace Technology
  • Houston, Texas, USA, November 9–15, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4517-2
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


This paper looks at the recent trends in mechatronic design configurations and examines how those approaches can be applied to the design of Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The current challenges in this area include the design of micro UAV systems that are capable of precise delivery, minimum volume and lower cost. This paper examines the use innovative techniques such as of axiomatic design, TRIZ (theory of inventive problem solving) and Hardware in the loop to arrive at a systematic design process. Virtual product design procedures involving simulation of complex systems allows designers to develop system without finalizing the hardware. The simulation procedure can be as “what if” scenario when the hardware doesn’t exist. Virtual simulations enable everyone to work on development before the first prototype is completed. Engineers can validate the entire operating cycle for the machine by driving the simulation with control system logic and timing. Given the small volume available when in launch configuration, the primary driving parameters were maximizing available wing area and relative wing effectiveness, while minimizing the required storage volume. The impact of G-forces on the structural viability, mechanical complexity and overall system survivability are important in determining the relative merit of the design concepts. This paper also addresses some of the practical applications, advantages and difficulties associated with the engineering applications of virtual reality.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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