Title: On power and control systems of the multibody advanced airship for transport

Authors: Farbod Khoshnoud; Yong K. Chen; Rajnish K. Calay

Addresses: School of Engineering and Technology, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, AL10 9AB, UK ' School of Engineering and Technology, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, AL10 9AB, UK ' Narvik University College, Lodve Langes gt. 2, Postboks 385, 8505 Narvik, Norway

Abstract: The concept of the multibody advanced airship for transport (MAAT) is presented. The power, propulsion and control systems of the airship are discussed. The energy required for operation of this airship is supplied by a solar-fuel cell system. Solar panels and fuel cells provide the power associated with the airship motion and avionics, including the control and propulsion systems. Uncertainties in modelling of the airship and a method of dealing with such uncertainties are addressed in the framework of optimal uncertainty quantification. A complete model of this airship is presented by integrating the power, propulsion and control system. The model provides the base line for the design and analysis of the airship and investigation of its components, i.e., energy, control and propulsion systems.

Keywords: airship control; solar power; solar energy; fuel cells; airship stability; uncertainty quantification; multibody advanced airships; solar panels; avionics; propulsion systems; modelling; airship design; airships.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMIC.2013.053536

International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control, 2013 Vol.18 No.4, pp.313 - 322

Published online: 29 Apr 2013 *

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