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Design and Technology Verification of a Middle and Low Altitude Solar-Powered Airship

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DOI: 10.23977/jemm.2022.070306 | Downloads: 47 | Views: 750


Yuxi Zheng 1, Qimin Zhang 1, Jiyao Li 1, Zhuotao Zou 1


1 School of Mechanical Engineering, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, China

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Qimin Zhang


This paper first provides an overview of the development of airships in recent years. The current problems of middle and low altitude airships are also described. To resolve the problems above, a solution was proposed and a corresponding middle and low altitude solar-powered airship was preliminarily designed. An optimal design was completed on the basis of the existing LOTTE airship. In addition, the most suitable airfoil was determined to realize the optimum aerodynamic characteristics. Then numerical simulation analysis on the airfoil was conducted with ANSYS Fluent. A flight test was also carried out to verify the effectiveness and reliability of the airship designed, which provides a reference for the application and transformation of middle and low altitude solar-powered airships.


Middle and Low Altitude Solar-Powered Airship, Solar Power, Optimum Aerodynamic Characteristics, Solar-Powered Airship, Numerical Simulation Analysis


Yuxi Zheng, Qimin Zhang, Jiyao Li, Zhuotao Zou, Design and Technology Verification of a Middle and Low Altitude Solar-Powered Airship. Journal of Engineering Mechanics and Machinery (2022) Vol. 7: 35-40. DOI:


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