A solid-state rotor for drones

Onur Bilgen, Thomas E. Alberts

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This paper presents a summary of the development of a functional solid-state piezo- composite rotor concept for use in any rotary system. The proposed design is implemented on a quad-copter to demonstrate its feasibility. The proposed hub-rotor system can be implemented in small unmanned-aerial-vehicles such as single-rotor, tandem-rotor, multi-copter, and ducted-fan rotorcraft, or other rotating systems such as wind turbines, turbine engines and marine propellers. The solid-state rotor concept, by design, has the potential to function with a minimum number of parts compared to a conventional design, and may enable the discovery of novel designs for small vehicles (i.e. drones) with unparalleled efficiency, range, payload capacity and acoustic emission levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventXPONENTIAL 2016 - An AUVSI Experience - LA, United States
Duration: May 2 2016May 5 2016


OtherXPONENTIAL 2016 - An AUVSI Experience
CountryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering

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