Commenced in January 2007
Frequency: Monthly
Edition: International
Paper Count: 30123
Feasibility Study of the Quadcopter Propeller Vibrations for the Energy Production

Authors: Nneka Osuchukwu, Leonid Shpanin

Abstract:

The concept of converting the kinetic energy of quadcopter propellers into electrical energy is considered in this contribution following the feasibility study of the propeller vibrations, theoretical energy conversion, and simulation techniques. Analysis of the propeller vibration performance is presented via graphical representation of calculated and simulated parameters, in order to demonstrate the possibility of recovering the harvested energy from the propeller vibrations of the quadcopter while the quadcopter is in operation. Consideration of using piezoelectric materials in such concept, converting the mechanical energy of the propeller into the electrical energy, is given. Photographic evidence of the propeller in operation is presented and discussed together with experimental results to validate the theoretical concept.

Keywords: Unmanned aerial vehicle, energy harvesting, piezoelectric material, propeller vibration.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1340064

Procedia APA BibTeX Chicago EndNote Harvard JSON MLA RIS XML ISO 690 PDF Downloads 1157

References:


[1] S. Cass, "Beyond the Quadcopter: New Designs for Drones Showcased at CeBIT", IEEE Spectr. 53 (5), pp.21-22, 2016.
[2] M. Shaheed, A. Abidali, J. Ahmed, S. Ahmed, I. Burba, P. Fani, G. Kwofie, K. Wojewoda and A. Munjiza “ Flying by the Sun only: The Solarcopter prototype” Aerospace Science and Technology, vol. 45, pp.209-214, 2015.
[3] J. Fleming, W. Ng and S. Ghamaty, “Thermoelectric-Based Power System for Unmanned-Air-Vehicle/ Microair-Vehicle Applications”, Journal of Aircraft, 41(3), pp.674-676, 2004.
[4] F. Khameneifar, S. Arzanpour, and M. Moallem, “A piezoelectric energy harvester for rotary motion applications: Design and Experiments”, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, vol. 18, (5), pp.1527-1534, 2013.
[5] S. Anton and D. Inman, "Vibration Energy Harvesting For Unmanned Aerial Vehicles", Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, vol. 6928 (24), 2, 2008.
[6] A. Erturk and D. Inman, “On mechanical modeling of cantilevered piezoelectric vibration energy harvesters,” J. Intell. Mater. Syst. Struct., vol. 19, pp.1311-1325, 2008.
[7] GEMFAN, (2014), Multirotor Propellers, Website: available from, http://www.gemfanhobby.com/Product/Main/En/2a1a01aa-2fc5-42b6-a42c-a48800d8e5d8 (accessed on 10/01/2017).
[8] GrabCAD (a), (2014), About GrabCAD, Website: available from, http://resources.grabcad.com/company/ (accessed on 29/12/2016).
[9] GrabCAD (b), (2016) GrabCAD, Website: available from, https://grabcad.com/igor.lins.e.silva/about (accessed on 09/01/2017).