Power and Endurance Modelling of Battery-Powered Rotorcraft

Analiza Abdilla, Arthur Richards, Steve Burrow

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This paper characterises the power consumption
of electric rotorcraft and derives an endurance estimation
model for such aircraft powered by LiPo batteries. Theoretical
analysis is backed by experimental flight tests using a popular commercial quadrotor. Experiments on Commercial Off-The-Shelf Lithium-Polymer
batteries, which are the technology dominating the multirotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicle market, are carried out to determine battery run-time and specific energy/capacity models, whilst investigating the battery variability. These battery models are combined with the rotorcraft power model to provide
an endurance estimation model, accounting for both battery variability as well as the electric propulsion system effects, which is experimentally validated through flight tests.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventIEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2015 - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 28 Sept 20152 Oct 2015


ConferenceIEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2015

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