Can ice fragments destroy a UAV propeller?

In one of our recent icing wind tunnel experiments, the NTNU UAV Icing Lab investigated if ice fragments are a hazard to UAV propellers. The resulting high-speed video footage shows the moment ice impacts the propeller blades. Here is a small preview of the footage. When an aircraft flies into special meteorological weather conditions, iceContinue reading “Can ice fragments destroy a UAV propeller?”

Cooperation with the German Aerospace Center (DLR)

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has signed a collaboration agreement with the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The scope of the agreement is to conduct joint research in the field of icing on unmanned aerial systems (UAVs). The collaboration is going to be pivoting around the NTNU UAV Icing Lab the the DLRContinue reading “Cooperation with the German Aerospace Center (DLR)”

How is an UAV affected by in-flight icing and can we simulate it accurately?

**NEW MASTER THESIS** One of the master students of the UAV Icing Lab has finished his thesis work. Johannes Oswald conducted his thesis in collaboration with the Institute of Aerodynamics and Gas Dynamics at the University of Stuttgart and the von Karman Institude for Fluid Dynamics. Read more about this research project here. Ice build-upContinue reading “How is an UAV affected by in-flight icing and can we simulate it accurately?”

Why is icing on UAVs important?

In-flight icing of drones is a severe hazard that significantly limits the usage of autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The UAV Icing Lab has the mission to provide knowledge and solutions for the operations of unmanned aircraft in icing conditions. Atmospheric icing is a well known phenomenon in the Nordic countries. Icing on power linesContinue reading “Why is icing on UAVs important?”