International Journal of Mathematical, Engineering and Management Sciences

ISSN: 2455-7749

Evaluation of Mechanical Strength Characteristics of Double Ducted Unmanned Amphibious Aerial Vehicle using Finite Element Analysis

Gokul Raj P.
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr. Sagunthala R & D Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai, India.

Balasubramanian Esakki
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr. Sagunthala R & D Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai, India.

Surendar Ganesan
Department of Aeronautical Engineering, Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr. Sagunthala R & D Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai, India.

DOI https://dx.doi.org/10.33889/IJMEMS.2019.4.2-034

Received on November 19, 2018
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Accepted on January 24, 2019

Abstract

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are extensively exploited for diverse applications importantly surveillance, defence and military, photography. Development of unmanned amphibious vehicle with integrating features of hovercraft principles and multirotor to navigate along and above the water surface, land surface and flying in the air is challenging demand. This article presents conceptual design of amphibious vehicle for the payload capacity of 7 kg with an endurance of 20 minutes and provision for mounting water sampler to collect water samples in remote water bodies. Structural strength characteristics of each part of the amphibious vehicle and integrity of same are analysed by Finite Element Analysis. FEA results indicated that the designed amphibious vehicle structure is well within the stress limit and minimal displacement is obtained. Based on structural analysis materials for various parts of the amphibious vehicle are determined and integrated structure is analysed.

Keywords- Amphibious UAV, Hovercraft, Quadcopter, Structural analysis, Finite element analysis.

Citation

P., G. R., Esakki, B., & Ganesan, S. (2019). Evaluation of Mechanical Strength Characteristics of Double Ducted Unmanned Amphibious Aerial Vehicle using Finite Element Analysis. International Journal of Mathematical, Engineering and Management Sciences, 4(2), 420-431. https://dx.doi.org/10.33889/IJMEMS.2019.4.2-034.

Conflict of Interest

The author confirms that there is no conflict of interest to declare for this publication.

Acknowledgements

Authors would like to thank the funding supported by DST-GITA (Ref: 2015RK0201103) and Centre for Autonomous System Research, Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr. Sagunthala R & D Institute of Science and Technology, Avadi, Chennai for the technical support.

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