RMIT university publicly announces the development of the anti-turbulence system developed by RUASRT. The announcement received significant global media coverage through Discovery Channel, Gizmag, Mashable, Engadget, and many more.
The system is inspired by nature’s own anti-turbulence devices – feathers – which will significantly reduced the effects of turbulence.The team lodged a provisional patent on the system, which mimics the way feathers help birds detect disturbances in the air.
The patent submission for a turbulence mitigation system for aircraft represents the successful outcome of PhD research by Abdulghani Mohamed, supervised by Professor Watkins and Dr Reece Clothier in RMIT’s School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.
Mr Mohamed’s theoretical contributions in the field of turbulence and its effects on flight vehicles, aided the development of this invention.
Findings from the research, funded through an Australian Postgraduate Award, have been published in prestigious aerospace journal, Progress in Aerospace Sciences. The flight test results of the technology have been submitted for publication in academic journals.
The RMIT UAS Research Team (RUASRT), working in conjunction with researchers from the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), have successfully demonstrated a micro UAS capable of autonomously “surfing” updrafts. Watch the video of the first autonomous flight below. This research project was supported by the Defence Science Institute, and research findings will be published in the coming months. For more information:
03-Sept-14 RUASRT researcher Dr Reece Clothier spoke with Radio 2UE 954 Presenters John and Garry on the growing use of unmanned aircraft in Australia. A recording of the interview is available below. 2UE Radio blog on the topic is also available:
25-Aug-14 If you are thinking about undertaking research in unmanned aircraft systems, then think about joining the RUASRT. We are after enthusiastic and high achieving individuals with bachelors honours degrees in aerospace, avionics, electronics, software, mechatronics, or systems engineering. Evidence of your ability to generate high quality research outcomes (e.g., journal papers) is highly desirable.
Scholarship opportunities in specific areas are provided below:
Here’s your first sneak peak at the RUASRT FireFly; the Teams’ concept for the UAE Drones for Good Competition.
For the last two years the RUASRT has been working with the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade, who have been trialling the use of small multi-rotor UAS.
The RUASRT have been assisting the MFB with specialist engineering and the exploration of advanced capabilities. Current projects include the integration of a hazardous materials gas sensor onto the existing MFB platform, the exploration of heat resistant structural materials, and the development of an autonomous collision avoidance system. The RUASRT are also exploring the development of a communications payload that will provide MFB personnel with greater situational awareness at large incidents. The RUASRT are drawing on all of this experience to develop the first generation of custom designed urban search and rescue and firefighting UAS. Called the RUASRT FireFly (pictured).
10-Aug-14 The RMIT Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Team (RUASRT) were a crowd favourite at the annual RMIT Open Day. Situated upstairs in the Advanced Manufacturing Precinct building, the Team had on display a number of research systems including the Javelin, R2 and Kestrel. Final year project students were on hand to share their experiences with prospective engineering students. A great day.
A big thank you to the team, Chung, Tiffany, Luke, Andrew, Justin, and Sean.
Hate flying in turbulent weather? Well RUASRT researchers have developed a new technology that may make spilt drinks and airsick bags a thing of past!
Today, RUASRT announces the successful completion of prototype testing of a turbulence mitigation system for aircraft. This is a significant milestone in Mr Abdulghani Mohamed’s PhD research, who led the research on the system.
“The system is inspired by a bird’s ability to gracefully fly in severe turbulence”, said Mr Mohamed. It replicates the function of bird feathers, detecting and correcting for disturbances in the air before they cause the aircraft itself to be disturbed.
Flight testing of a prototype system on a micro air vehicle showed significant improvements in stability.
“Had our micro sized aircraft had passengers on it; our system would’ve made sure they enjoyed a smooth flight”, Mr Mohamed said.
Dr Reece Clothier, Research Lead for the RMIT UAS Research Team, said there was still work to do before we will see the technology make it onto commercial jets.
“We need to explore new sensors and sensor arrangements in order to apply this technology to larger sized aircraft, but the results to date have shown much promise for our approach.”
Mr Abdulghani Mohamed has studied turbulence and its influence on aircraft under the supervision of RUASRT researchers, Prof Simon Watkins and Dr Reece Clothier. Abdulghani has introduced the concept of phase-advanced attitude sensing where his contributions where published in one of the most prestigious Aerospace journals (Progress in Aerospace Sciences). His theoretical contributions aided the invention of a system which significantly enhances attitude stability of aircraft. Flight test results of the invention will soon be published in academic journals. For more information:
23-July-14 RMIT researchers have been supporting a Parliamentary “Inquiry into drones and the regulation of air safety and privacy”, House Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs. The final report can be downloaded here:
Flight Global recently published an article on the Inquiry (see links below). The article also mentioned the role of RMIT’s UAS Research Team in studying the airworthiness challenges for HALE UAS (in conjunction with Northrop Grumman Australia).
Researchers from the RMIT UAS Research Team are also at the forefront of the development of regulations development for civil UAS in Australia. Dr Reece Clothier, is the Industry Co-Chair of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Standards Consultative Committee, UAS Standards Sub-Committee. He is also on the board of directors for the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems. More information:
26-May-14 Whilst doing some slope soaring last week, RUASRT postgraduate and undergraduate students encountered a Wedge-Tailed Eagle. The Eagle made short work of the Alula aircraft, which is manufactured out of light weight foam. Check out the great video below.
The flights were being conducted as part of RMIT research into bio-inspired autonomous aircraft capable of saving energy by “surfing” wind currents. More information on this project here. Credit for the footage goes to Mr Abdulghani Mohamed, Ms Kiros Lim and Mr Chung Leung.