Investigation and analysis of a ducted fan UAV design for AIE-UK

Project: Consultancy

Project Details


The project started with a review of ducted fan UAV concepts and designs and led to the electrical and avionics design for a small ducted fan UAV. After project completion, this was later followed by numerical simulation of ducted fan UAV dynamics and a CFD/wind tunnel investigation of a scaled down UAV concept.
The consultancy was funded by the European Union Regional Development Fund in the framework of the Pii (Performance Improvement Initiative),

Key findings

Transitioning between horizontal and vertical flight was found to be the main control challenge.
Effective start/end date7/07/145/01/15