UAV Aluminum Housing For Unmanned Aerial Vehicles For Extreme Environments In Smart Cities

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Unmanned aerial vehicles are getting increasingly popular in recent years and manypertinent applications such as environmental hazards monitoring, surveillance,agriculture, traffic management, smart parking, and construction site mapping contributegreatly to the development of a smart city such as Hong Kong. Aluminum is the mostpopular housing and airframe materials due to its lightweight and metallic mechanicalproperties. UAV drones must be operated safely but extreme and harsh environmentsencountered in many applications like underground inspection, fire fighting, and disasterrisk management require durable coatings on the UAV housing and airframe surface forbetter durability and long-term services. This project pertains to downstream appliedresearch that optimizes the micro-arc oxidation (MAO) process to produce relatively thick,durable, high hardness, high wear resistance and high corrosion resistance aluminaceramic coatings on common commercial aluminum alloys suitable for the UMA housingsand airframes in harsh environments. The cost-effective but durable coatings developedin this project not only expand the scope of drones application in cities, but also isexpected to have large commercial potential in the fields of wearable devices andportable electronics.


Project number9440179
Grant typeITF
Effective start/end date1/04/1831/03/20