Ignacio Aguirre Panadero
|The idea is to have 4 of these centrifugal fans in each corner replacing the motor+propeller on a typical drone for greater durability and more options. You may ask, "Is this the same as just swapping out methods of propulsion?" The answer is no. In a typical drone, the half of the motors spin clockwise and the other counter-clockwise. This is because of the angular momentum of the motors. A good example is a helicopter. It has its huge propellers and it has a tail-rotor.
The problem that arises from changing to this method of propulsion is that the drone cannot yaw (turn left or right). The traditional drone increases the RPM on two motors spinning the same direction located diagonally from each other and decreases the RPM of the other two. This will result in keeping altitude and turning left or right by angular momentum. The issue with the centrifugal fan propelled drone is that in order to yaw, the direction of the fan must be changed. Therefore, we will need to use an actuator to change the direction.
The ultimate goal is to build a drone that uses a centrifugal fan as a method of propulsion and map the controls such that an experienced multi-rotor flyer will be able to pick up the controller and fly it. So it will be an remote-controlled drone that will be using a typical RC transmitter and receiver or a XBEE talking to a xbox/PlayStation controller.
Therefore, my project will include:
Design of the Flight Control Board
Design of the Chassis,
Design of the Centrifugal Fans,
Finding parts (ESC if we buy it, Battery, sensors, etc.)