PERFORMANCE OF 3D PRINTED CONVENTIONAL AND TOROIDAL PROPELLER FOR SMALL MULTIROTOR DRONES
Keywords:Quadcopter drone, toroidal propeller, aerodynamic efficiency, thrust, 3D printing, FEA
This paper presents a study on the design, fabrication, and performance evaluation of a quadcopter with toroidal propellers manufactured using 3D printing technology. The quadcopter's propellers were designed to have a toroidal shape, which is believed to improve the aerodynamic efficiency of the propellers compared to conventional propellers. To evaluate the performance of the quadcopter, finite element analysis (FEA) was used to simulate the propeller's behavior under different load conditions. In addition, thrust analysis was performed using ANSYS Fluent software to evaluate the thrust produced by the toroidal propeller compared to conventional propeller. These results provide insight into the potential benefits of toroidal propellers and 3D printing technology for the design and development of efficient quadcopters.
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