Integrated structure-control design optimization of an unmanned quadrotor helicopter (UGH) for object grasping and manipulation

DS 87-4 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 4: Design Methods and Tools, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Mohebbi, Abolfazl; Gallacher, Colin; Harrison, James; Willes, John; Achiche, Sofiane
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada; 2: McGill University, Canada; 3: Stanford University, United States of America
Section: Design Methods and Tools
Page(s): 623-632
ISBN: 978-1-904670-92-6
ISSN: 2220-4342


In this study, the problem of integrated system-level design optimization for a quadrotor equipped with a robotic arm and gripper is addressed and thoroughly discussed. First, the operational objectives and the mission of the system are defined and main components are introduced. Then the system level analysis is described in such a way that for the robotic gripper, manipulator and the quadrotor structure, a mechanical system-level optimization is formulated and in a bigger design integration loop, the overall mechanical-control system optimization is solved which guarantees an optimal system solution after a number of iterations. At the end, more detailed numerical results are discussed and analyzed.

Keywords: Mechatronics, Optimisation, Integrated product development, Control, Drones


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