Characterization of Monocopter Performance with Regards to its Airframe Design

Midshipman Researcher(s):1/C James Anthony

Adviser(s): Professor George Piper

Poster #104

Current UAVs, such as quadrotors, remain expensive to manufacture, complex in design, and inefficient in power consumption. The monocopter, a samara seed inspired vehicle, is a monowing rotorcraft. Previous work in the monocopter field was primarily concerned with developing its dynamic model and control techniques. However, in this project we will investigate and characterize the monocopter's inflight performance due to the alteration of parameters such as angle of attack, mass properties, and aspect ratio. We plan to demonstrate this through simulation and proof-of-concept experimentation.

Full Size Robotics and Controls Engineering #104