Event Title

Development of a Vibration Monitoring System for use in Remote Controlled Aircraft

Mentor 1

Thomas Consi

Location

Union Wisconsin Room

Start Date

24-4-2015 2:30 PM

End Date

24-4-2015 3:45 PM

Description

When developing and modifying remote controlled aircraft, vibration is a crucial factor that must be addressed. Vibration can cause physical fatigue to the air frame resulting in structural failure while also interfering with on board electronics. A system was developed using the 3 axis accelerometer in an existing APM 2.5 flight control system to monitor these vibrations. This research involved creating custom firmware for the flight controller to enable faster sampling from the accelerometer and to increase data logging speeds for the built in SD card. After the custom firmware was completed, a Matlab program was created to perform a frequency analysis on the data using a Fast Fourier Transform. Once completed, this system will be used to collect and analyze vibration data from our Lake Michigan sturgeon tracking drone.

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Apr 24th, 2:30 PM Apr 24th, 3:45 PM

Development of a Vibration Monitoring System for use in Remote Controlled Aircraft

Union Wisconsin Room

When developing and modifying remote controlled aircraft, vibration is a crucial factor that must be addressed. Vibration can cause physical fatigue to the air frame resulting in structural failure while also interfering with on board electronics. A system was developed using the 3 axis accelerometer in an existing APM 2.5 flight control system to monitor these vibrations. This research involved creating custom firmware for the flight controller to enable faster sampling from the accelerometer and to increase data logging speeds for the built in SD card. After the custom firmware was completed, a Matlab program was created to perform a frequency analysis on the data using a Fast Fourier Transform. Once completed, this system will be used to collect and analyze vibration data from our Lake Michigan sturgeon tracking drone.