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Title: Real-time Simulation of an Integrated Electrical System of a UAV
Authors: Lemmens, Yves C.J. ×
Benoit, Tuur
De Roo, Rob
Verbeke, Jon #
Issue Date: 16-Sep-2014
Conference: SAE Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference edition:2014 location:Cincinnati, Ohio, USA date:September 23-25 2014
Article number: SAE Technical Paper 2014-01-2169
Abstract: Vives College University and Kulab (KU Leuven University
campus Ostend) in Belgium are undertaking an aeronautical
research program about the development of a new Unmanned
Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Since the UAV is completely electrically powered, the analysis of the energy management of the integrated electrical system was critical to the development of the UAV. LMS, A Siemens Business, i s involved in the project to support the development of a multi-physics simulation model
for electro-thermal analysis of the aircraft. This paper reports on the subsequent investigation of integrating the detailed electrical system model for a Pilot-in-the-Loop simulation. In order to perform this simulation, the model of the electrical system was converted into a real-time simulation model. The aim was to perform more realistic flight simulations to evaluate the performance of the aircraft before its first flight by taking into account the electrical system's behavior. Furthermore, the behavior of the electrical system can be directly assessed during and after the Pilot-in-the-Loop tests. Additional research outcomes include the suitable level of detail of the electrical system that should be taken into account for Pilot-in-the-Loop simulations. The research outcome was evaluated with a number of simulations that assessed the effect of the electrical system model. It was concluded that the proposed simulation architecture is suitable to take into account the effect of the electrical system on the aircraft flight dynamics.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IC-p
Appears in Collections:Mechanical Engineering Technology TC, Technology Campus Ostend
Production Engineering, Machine Design and Automation (PMA) Section
Studiegebied Industriële Wetenschappen & Technologie - VIVES Noord
Technologiecluster Werktuigkundige Industriële Ingenieurstechnieken
× corresponding author
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