The AVIGLE-Project (Avionic Digital Service Platform) is a research project aiming at developing a novel, broadly applicable avionic service platform which is able to support different high-tech services via open interfaces. This platform is a miniature unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed to serve a variety of application fields such as civil security, telecommunications, civil and surveying engineering but also consumer electronics and media.
A practical example might be a catastrophe scenario where reconnaissance images of the drone can be used for strategically important positioning of the rescue teams in order to provide fast help for the victims. The drone can generate virtual 3D images real-time. Due to the modular setup of the UAV and the possibility to use them in a swarm does not only enable the user to visualise a big regions but also to provide avionic radio coverage through femto and picocells. That way the mobile often insufficient infrastructure because of the huge amount of people can be supported. Schübeler Composite works closely with several partners of the project and is responsible for the UAV's propulsion and energy supply. This field of research serves as a further possibility for us to broaden our knowledge in all of these areas.

The hybrid aerial vehicle is a tiltwing which can realise both hovering flight and horizontal flight by pivoting the wing. The ability to start and land vertically is beneficial in territorially limited areas and the horizontal flight allows for energy efficient movement of the UAV. By means of lightweight design realised through a CFRP chassis and an optimised propulsion with lithium polymer accumulators we can reach flight times of 60min at a take-off mass of 10kg. and a payload of 1,5kg. The maximum velocity of the high-wing aircraft is 40m/s. The drone has a wingspread and fuselage length of 2m.

Within the scope of intense collaboration with the RWTH Aachen we created for example the wind tunnel model (see above) which was designed for evaluation purposes. By applying our knowledge concerning lightweight design and turbomachinery and due to the increase of knowledge during research and development of the AVIGLE solution an uncomparable platform has evolved. Over time the structure was in a constant optimisation process in order to improve the overall weight, strength and efficiency factor. We reach this for example by application of numerical flow simulation and non-autoclave manufacturing technologies. Due to its complexity and advanced target values the project has been prolonged. It is supported by the federal state NRW. In the following you can find companies and institutions being part of the project:

 

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