Building your own quadrotor: A mechatronics system design case study

G. H. Tuta Navajas, S. Roa Prada

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Abstract

One of the most popular types of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, UAV, is the quadrotor helicopter, commonly known as quadcopter. This work seeks to document the lessons learned by the authors while attempting to build their own quadcopter for further studies of stability control, instead of using a commercial quadcopter for the same purpose. The article describes the process on how we can build our own quadrotor, applying a mechatronic design methodology by concurrently taking into account mechanical, electronic, software and control component design. The paper also presents the simulation results for altitude control (pitch and roll). The results of this investigation include recommendations for proper selection of components such as motors, propellers, batteries and electronic speed controllers so that anyone interested can build his/her own quadrotor.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 3rd International Congress of Engineering Mechatronics and Automation, CIIMA 2014 - Conference Proceedings
EditorsAndres G. Marrugo
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781479979325
DOIs
StatePublished - 11 Dec 2014
Event2014 3rd International Congress of Engineering Mechatronics and Automation, CIIMA 2014 - Cartagena, Colombia
Duration: 22 Oct 201424 Oct 2014

Publication series

Name2014 3rd International Congress of Engineering Mechatronics and Automation, CIIMA 2014 - Conference Proceedings

Conference

Conference2014 3rd International Congress of Engineering Mechatronics and Automation, CIIMA 2014
Country/TerritoryColombia
CityCartagena
Period22/10/1424/10/14

Keywords

  • brushless
  • pitch
  • propeller
  • quadrotor
  • roll

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