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Conceptual design of a high-endurance hybrid electric unmanned aerial vehicle


Jaeger, M and Adair, D, Conceptual design of a high-endurance hybrid electric unmanned aerial vehicle, Materials Today: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Nanomaterials and Advanced Energy Storage Systems, INESS 2016, 11-13 August 2016, Almaty, Kazaksthan, pp. 4458-4468. ISSN 2214-7853 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.matpr.2017.04.018


Small electric unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have the advantages of low visual, heat and acoustic signatures, but have only limited flight endurance. For electric motor/battery powered UAV designs, to increase the flight endurance means an increase in the weight of the onboard battery, which in turn adds to the overall weight of the UAV and hence more power is used, especially during the ascent and possibly loiter stages of the mission. A marked increase in an aircraft's endurance can be achieved with the inclusion of an internal combustion engine in the design, but this will result in high noise levels and possibly, an unwanted heat signature. The objective of this preliminary work is to show the feasibility of combining the two power sources, an internal combustion engine and electric motor to obtain a hybrid-electric UAV which will provide high flight endurance capability together with low visual/heat/acoustic signatures.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:endurance, hybrid electric, UAV
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Aerospace engineering
Research Field:Aerospace engineering not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Manufacturing
Objective Group:Other manufacturing
Objective Field:Other manufacturing not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Jaeger, M (Dr Martin Jaeger)
ID Code:118177
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2017-07-06
Last Modified:2018-06-14

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