Rapid Design Process of Shrouded Rotors for Efficient UAV Propulsion

Chew, F., Gan, S. and Hesse, H. (2021) Rapid Design Process of Shrouded Rotors for Efficient UAV Propulsion. In: AIAA Scitech 2021 Forum, 11-15, 19-21 Jan 2021, ISBN 9781624106095 (doi: 10.2514/6.2021-0212)

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A novel approach for the rapid design of unconventional rotor shrouds combining a rapid manufacturing approach with a high-fidelity CFD prediction tool is proposed in this work. Using 3D printing and thrust stand measurements, different shroud designs have been explored experimentally to evaluate the performance gains of propeller shrouds for multirotor vehicles with small-scale, off-the-shelf propellers. The experimental studies are complimented with 3D quasi-steady CFD simulations to gain further insights into the flow fields for unconventional shroud geometries. The framework has been demonstrated for a commercial 5-inch racing-drone propeller, featuring significant performance gains using NACA-shaped shroud profiles.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hesse, Dr Henrik
Authors: Chew, F., Gan, S., and Hesse, H.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 by Fabian Chew, Samuel Gan, Henrik Hesse
First Published:First published in Proceedings of AIAA Scitech 2021 Forum
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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