CAE Awarded Cooperative Research Agreement with Army Research Laboratory | Kent State University

CAE Awarded Cooperative Research Agreement with Army Research Laboratory

College of Aeronautics and Engineering Awarded Cooperative Research Agreement with Army Research Laboratory to Study Unmanned Aircraft Propulsion Scalability

Principal Investigator: Dr. Blake Stringer

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) awarded a $130,000 cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) to Kent State University’s College of Aeronautics & Engineering to study the scalability of quadcopter rotor-motor configurations for large-scale unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Conventional small UAS (< 55 lbs) use variable-speed electric motors with small propeller-type rotors to lift and maneuver the aircraft. The Army has an interest in large quadcopter-type configurations for heavy payload delivery in remote areas. This also falls in line with the payload delivery efforts of commercial entities such as Amazon, although on a larger and heavier scale. As the size of the aircraft increases, the viability of variable-speed electric motors as the means of propulsion decreases. Dr. Stringer along with research assistant, Ms. Kendy Edmonds, will collaborate with ARL to design and construct a UAS propulsion test bench for experimenting with various rotor-motor combinations. Their research will focus on characterizing and quantifying rotor-motor performance, based upon data extracted while simulating aircraft of different sizes.

POSTED: Friday, March 2, 2018 - 12:52pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 15, 2018 - 11:46am