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Design of a static thruster for microair vehicle rotorcraft

Pounds, Paul E.; Mahony, Robert E.; Corke, Peter I.


This paper presents a case study of a design for a complete microair vehicle thruster. Fixed-pitch small-scale rotors, brushless motors, lithium-polymer cells, and embedded control are combined to produce a mechanically simple, high-performance thruster with potentially high reliability. The custom rotor design requires a balance between manufacturing simplicity and rigidity of a blade versus its aerodynamic performance. An iterative steady-state aeroelastic simulator is used for holistic...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009-01
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Aerospace Engineering
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)0893-1321(2009)22:1(85)


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