Unmanned Aircraft Laboratory

Jul 11, 2023 / Author by Text SizeDBS

Research Fields

Based on the solid foundation of the Light-duty Gas-turbine Technology in IET, led by the requirements of the designation and system integration of UAV platform, we carry out research in areas such as foundational investigation of UAV, key technologies, innovative system integration, product development, etc.

Team Building

The UAV laboratory has 45 staff, including four researchers and eleven associate senior engineers, as well as two post-doctors and twenty-one postgraduate students.

Projects and Major Achievements

The high-performance target drone has transitioned from the engineering development stage to the performance appraisal stage, completing multiple flight tests, verifying functions and performance indicators such as ceiling, endurance, and target supply time, and completing the manufacturing and integration of multiple appraisal drones.

We have conducted series of tests on high-altitude high-performance UAV, including ground driving, system testing and debugging, and series of sliding tests. We completed multiple sets of flight tests on different sites with two configurations, tested high-altitude takeoff and landing performance, and verified key technologies and functions such as overall design and integration, turbofan engine, and aerodynamic integration. We have built a large tonnage static parameter testing system and tested the quality characteristics.

In terms of high-altitude UAV, we have carried out key technology breakthroughs such as active flow control technology, variant platform design, variable geometry dynamic system, broke through self-sustaining aerodynamic design technology, leading-edge variable-bending active-flow control design technology, and multiphysics simulation coupling structure design technology, completed wind tunnel tests for the verification of key technology principles such as self-sustaining aerodynamic design, active flow control, and variant, and completed the detailed design of the verification machine.

 In terms of solar powered drones, we have completed outfield integration, joint debugging and testing, taxiing, and pull-off flight tests, and have conducted preliminary verification of low-altitude flight performance. On the basis of preliminary prototype flight tests, for the 39-meter wingspan solar powered drone, we have completed the overall optimization plan, energy closed-loop optimization of energy and power system matching, and aerodynamic shape optimization, further improved the flight performance of this type of drone.

In 2022, twenty projects are in process, in which seven new projects are granted, including one key project from the Commission of Science and Technology, one talent project of Chinese Academy of Science, one National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) project, one youth promotion association project, two Director's Foundation, one postdoctoral foreign exchange program. Seven projects are concluded and accepted.


Patents and Paper

In 2022, 12 academic papers were published, among which 9 were indexed by SCI, 2 were indexed by EI. 10 patents were applied and 2 patents were granted.
Title: Mission-oriented cooperative 3D path planning for modular solarpowered aircraft with energy optimization. Author: WANG Xiangyu, YANG Yanping, WANG Dong, et al. Journal: Chinese Journal of Aeronautics, IF: 4.061
Title: Energy-optimal trajectory planning for solar-powered aircraft using soft actor-critic Author: NI Wenjun, BI Ying, WU Di, et al. Journal: Chinese Journal of Aeronautics, IF: 4.061
Title: Numercial investigation of co-flow jet airfoil with parabolic flap Author: WANG Ruochen, MA Xiaoping, ZHANG Guoxin, et al. Journal: Chinese Journal of Aeronautics, IF: 4.061
Dean: ZHANG Zijian 86-10-82543198 zhangzijian@iet.cn
Deputy Dean: ZHANG Jian 86-10-82543198 zhangjian@iet.cn
                      WANG Bo 86-10-82543093 wangbo@iet.cn
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