Series hybrid-electric propulsion for fixed-wing VTOL UAV

Jeong Gyu Bak, Sooyoung Cho, Kyusung Park, Sunghong Won, Geunho Lee, Leesang Cho, Changmo Moon, Jinsoo Cho

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Abstract

This paper investigates feasibility of series hybrid-electric propulsion for a fixed-wing VTOL UAV. The experimental derivation of the piston engine map, alternator and battery parameters are considered and configured in Matlab Simulink program for a MTOW 60 kg VTOL UAV. The typical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance mission profile is analysed. The series hybrid-electric propulsion have been represented to take advantage of the synergy between engines, battery and motors to improve overall performance. The series hybrid electric propulsion configuration is 10% lighter than a simple piston engine propulsion system, and also predict to have 3 times longer endurance with 10kg payload than electric only propulsion system. It is believed that present results can have potential advantages including fuel savings, lower pollution, reduced take-off noise, and increased short-term power. These characteristics will produce a much more community-friendly class of vehicles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages66-79
Number of pages14
StatePublished - 2015 Jan 1
Event7th Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Aerospace Technology, APISAT 2015 - Cairns, Australia
Duration: 2015 Nov 252015 Nov 27

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Other7th Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Aerospace Technology, APISAT 2015
CountryAustralia
CityCairns
Period15/11/2515/11/27

Keywords

  • Hybrid-electric propulsion
  • Unmanned aerial vehicle
  • Vertical take-off and landing

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    Bak, J. G., Cho, S., Park, K., Won, S., Lee, G., Cho, L., Moon, C., & Cho, J. (2015). Series hybrid-electric propulsion for fixed-wing VTOL UAV. 66-79. Paper presented at 7th Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Aerospace Technology, APISAT 2015, Cairns, Australia.