Design and modeling of actuation system of unmanned tricopter with thrust-vectoring front tilt rotors for sustainable flying

Riady Siswoyo Jo*, Aaron Eu Gene Tan, Mark Tee Kit Tsun, Hudyjaya Siswoyo Jo

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Abstract

Tilt rotor aircrafts combine the advantages of the long mileage of fixed-wing airplanes and the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities of rotorcrafts by using tiltable rotors. However, tilt rotor aircrafts suffer from poor autorotation performance and landing stabilitiy. This work proposes an alternative actuation configuration of a tricopter tilt rotor aircraft that aims to optimize the flight duration, VTOL capabilities and stability control. The proposed configuration employs two front tilt rotors that are able to provide thrust-vectoring control with the addition of a fixed tail rotor that produces upward thrust. Dynamic modeling of the proposed actuation configuration is developed to provide insights on how different motions (hovering, ascending, descending, rotating and airplane-like flying) are achieved by manipulating the amounts of thrusts and rotor tilt angles. Preliminary prototype as well as the electronic and control systems are developed and discussed. Proposed configuration has the potential to achieve more sustainable flying.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of International Conference of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, AeroMech 2019
PublisherSpringer
Pages45-55
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9789811547560
ISBN (Print)9789811547553
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event2nd International Conference of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering 2019 - Seberang Perai, Malaysia
Duration: 20 Nov 201921 Nov 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering
ISSN (Print)2195-4356
ISSN (Electronic)2195-4364

Conference

Conference2nd International Conference of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering 2019
Abbreviated titleAeroMech 2019
Country/TerritoryMalaysia
CitySeberang Perai
Period20/11/1921/11/19

Keywords

  • Actuation
  • Dynamic model
  • Sustainable flying
  • Thrust-vectoring
  • Tilt rotor
  • Tricopter
  • UAV
  • VTOL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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