Development and testing of an Unmanned Aerial System powered by fuel cells

Development and testing of an Unmanned Aerial System powered by fuel cells

Bernardo Restrepo, Ph.D.

Tel: (787) 743-7979 ext. 4183
e-mail: restrepob1@suagm.edu

The research hypothesis is to elucidate how the integration of fuel cells power energy sources affect flight performance, as well as to determine the effects of flight performance on the integrity of the fuel cells. Therefore, fuel cells-motor-propeller characterization and the particular aerodynamics and flight dynamics of the aircraft are the focus of the proposed investigation.

Students working in this project have the opportunity to explore contemporary issues related to energy systems, such as, sustainability, energy system integration, dynamics analysis, and also explore how to optimize and control energy consumption. The proposal also requires expertise on other areas, such as, microprocessor, electronics, and computer management.