A review of alternative electrical power distribution methods for future unmanned aerial vehicles

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Increasingly complex and challenging mission requirements for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) may in the future place demands on the vehicle electrical system. Direct current and high-frequency alternating current have been proposed as alternatives to conventional AC approaches in manned aircraft which may contribute to meeting these requirements. The paper reviews the advantages and disadvantages a number of power distribution options across a range of metrics likely to be of interest to UAV designers and operators including factors such as weight, fault management and electrical losses. Important technical challenges in the application of these technologies are identified.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPower Systems Conference Technical Papers 2008
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2008
EventPower Systems Conference 2008 - Seattle, United States
Duration: 2 Nov 2008 → …


ConferencePower Systems Conference 2008
CountryUnited States
Period2/11/08 → …

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