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Improvement in energy conversion for unmanned aerial vehicle charging pad


Al-Obaidi, M. R. and Mustafa, Mohd. Amrallah and Wan Hasan, Wan Zuha and Azis, Norhafiz and Sabry, Ahmad H. and Ab Kadir, Mohd Zainal Abidin (2020) Improvement in energy conversion for unmanned aerial vehicle charging pad. Indonesian Journal of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 17 (2). 767 - 773. ISSN 2502-4752; ESSN: 2502-4760


An efficient charging station is a necessity for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) systems. However, if that implementation adds more complexity and onboard weight, then that exercise becomes a burden rather than a benefit since UAV's engineers aim to improve efficiency by reducing the energy consumed by the software and hardware of the complete aeronautical system. This article recommends a fully automatic contact charging station for UAVs, which can charge UAVs and thus resolve flight endurance restrictions of the UAV. The ground station consists of square copper plates that are positively and negatively polarized successively in a chessboard with particular sizes to guarantee electric contact at the landing. The design methodology used with the loading station takes into account the differences in UAV orientation once the platform has landed. In addition, this innovation uses independent charging after touchdown. Thus, this technology relaxes common flight times and help to enhance general mission times. This paper presents a unique charging platform in a “chessboard” configuration, which is devised as an interconnecting interface to facilitate the charging process and overcome inaccuracies with the landing. The solution devised in this research requires few components and presents two power source options (solar & mains power). Additionally, this work presents, to the best of our knowledge, a uniquely innovative recharging landing platform, which incidentally requires no additional software or changes to the UAV’s onboard software settings.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Institute of Advanced Technology
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.11591/ijeecs.v17.i2.pp767-773
Publisher: Institute of Advanced Engineering and Science
Keywords: Charging platform; Charging systems; Electrical fundamentals; Landing; UAV
Depositing User: Ms. Nuraida Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2021 08:48
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2021 08:48
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/89317
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