Interactions between upstream turbulent flow and quadrotor thruster dynamic performance

Ningshan Wang, Dom Didominic, Tyler Vartabedian, Amit K. Sanyal, Mark N. Glauser

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The upstream turbulent velocity field of a quadrotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and its rotor performance are investigated in experiments conducted in an outdoor wind tunnel. This research targets details on the dynamic interaction between upstream turbulent flow and UAV’s attitude control performance to support the development of more robust quadrotor controllers when exposed to turbulent and gusty environments. The quadrotor is exposed to a primary stream of free-shear flow with different turbulence intensities along with varying length and time scales in order to gain interaction information. Characterization of the upstream flow field is empirically calculated based on previous research. The UAV’s translational degree-of-freedom (DOF) is fixed downstream of the turbulent flow to test its rotational DOF (the attitude) controller performance within a turbulent environment. The Euler angles and their respective angular velocities are measured with the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) built inside the UAV flight controller.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Scitech 2020 Forum
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624105951
StatePublished - 2020
EventAIAA Scitech Forum, 2020 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Jan 6 2020Jan 10 2020

Publication series

NameAIAA Scitech 2020 Forum
Volume1 PartF


ConferenceAIAA Scitech Forum, 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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