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A bi-level co-design approach for multicopters

Mabboux, Jordan and Delbecq, Scott and Pommier-Budinger, Valérie and Bordeneuve-Guibé, Joël and Truc-Hermel, Ana and Jean-Marie, Kai A bi-level co-design approach for multicopters. (2022) In: 33rd Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS), 2022 (Stockholm, Sweden).

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Over the last few decades, multicopters have become significantly popular because of their various applications. However, multicopters suffer from poor endurance performance as compared to other aircraft configurations with lifting surfaces. In this paper, a co-design approach for the multicopter structure and propulsive system is presented with the objective of improving the energetic efficiency of the vehicle, while respecting dynamic performance requirements. For this purpose, the approach uses a bi-level formulation to optimize concurrently the design and the control. The methodology offers the possibility to activate or not a passive fault tolerant strategy in the controller synthesis to be tolerant to single rotor failure. In contrast to conventional design approaches that sequentially design each part, the co-design approach leads to a better optimal solution due to the consideration of the interactions and couplings between design and control. With the proposed co-design approach, the results show the soundness of the proposed design methodology and a significant reduction in the consumed energy compared to a reference non-optimal design, while maintaining the same requirements in terms of dynamic performance.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
HAL Id:hal-04106098
Audience (conference):International conference proceedings
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Other partners > SAFRAN (FRANCE)
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Deposited On:17 Mar 2023 16:07

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