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Electromagnetic analysis based on finite elements for determining safety regions of operation for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Grant number: 15/11260-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2015
Effective date (End): July 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Aerospace Engineering
Principal Investigator:Ricardo Augusto Souza Fernandes
Grantee:Geison Willian Machado
Host Institution: Centro de Ciências Exatas e de Tecnologia (CCET). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil

Abstract

This research project has as main objective the development of a computational model based on simulation and analysis of Finite Element Method, which must be able to determine a safe region of operation for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). It is worth mentioning that these UAV should be used to monitor overhead lines of distribution systems. In this sense, Finite Elements Method will be employed to determine and analyze electromagnetic fields around the conductors. This way, the model must take into account the geometry and material of the distribution system's components in order to define the magnitude and profile of the electromagnetic field. Consequently, we will be able to determine the influence of electromagnetic fields relative to the electronic circuits that compose an UAV. For such purpose, it will be used a simulation software for Finite Element analysis. However, a CAD software will be used to obtain the 3D model of each distribution system's component. Finally, it is important to define the safe region of operation for commercial UAVs and the reliability for their electronic circuits in terms of immunity to electromagnetic fields.

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