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Magnus Effect RPM Control Question

Old 05-29-2023, 09:45 PM
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I need some advice.

I am aeronautical engineering undergrad. I want to create a minimum viable product magnus effect RC aircraft, that is RPM controlled. It will be similar in scale to a 5 drone. The aircraft will have 4 Flettner rotors, each capable of running at different RPMs. Thus, each rotor will have its own motor. The aircraft will resemble a canard configuration, with the front set of rotors being shorter in span than the back set. Each rotor can run at different RPMS and using the differential lift will can perform pitch and roll moments. A vertical stabilizer will be installed to provide yaw moments, driven by a servo. Im mainly interested in the lift generation and controlling pitch and roll with RPM control so I will not install any propulsion for now. I will test the aircraft using a make shift windtunnel with a box fan.

I am in the research phase and this will be my first time building an RC aircraft. What I am baffled by is how can I control the RPMs of the 4 individual rotors with just the transmitter and how many channels will I need? Is there an interface I can connect to numerically enter values that will adjust motor performance?

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