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Bladeless Drone

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Idea Name: Bladeless Drone
Slogan: Drone flight safety for everyone
Supervisor Name: Dr. Muhammad Jawad Khan
Supervisor Designation: Assistant Professor
Supervisor School: SMME
Supervisor Department: Department of Robotics and Intelligent Machine Engineering, SMME
Contact number: +923455496789
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    Our design replaces sharp propeller blades with thrusters inspired by the Dyson bladeless fan. Bladed components are completely enclosed within the drone body, thereby improving indoor flight safety.
What is the unmet need in society that your idea will fulfill ?
    Exposed propeller blades on a conventional drone pose a high risk of injury to humans and pets if flown indoors. The injury may be traumatic or even fatal if the collision is to a sensitive part (eyes, neck, wrists, etc.). Our design alleviates that risk, making indoor flights a possibility.
Who needs it ? How many would benefit ?
   The drone market is a global market with millions sold annually. Use cases with high collision risk benefit from our design, including aerial videography and monitoring of large crowds (weddings, concerts, riots) or confined spaces, and data collection or payload dispersal in agricultural lands.
How will the solution works
    The motor-propeller combination in conventional drones is replaced with a mixed-flow impeller enclosed in a pipe-like structure leading to an air multiplier (a loop-like structure used by Dyson fans). Through this air flow is entrained over an airfoil, and further streamlined (as a result of the Coandă effect) to produce thrust. The loop enhances air-flow through inducement while keeping impeller blades completely hidden.
Who are your competitors ? How is your solution different
    Popular drone manufacturers such as Parrot and Satuma use exposed propellers with occasional propeller guards for safety purposes. However, unlike our design, these guards do not shield the propellers completely making the drone vulnerable in indoor environments with many obstacles.
Status: new
Entry Date & Time: 2020-12-12 (0813)