Motor and ESC test
On our test bench, we can accurately measure torque, rpm, throttle, voltage, current and temperature of a specific motor with ESC combination. Static tests are performed at different mechanical loads, input voltages and throttle settings, resulting in a 3D lookup table which verifies the efficiency and allows to select the best suited propeller. Dynamic tests reveal how crisp the motor with ESC combination responds to quickly changing throttle signals.
Our propulsion test benches allow measuring the static thrust and torque of the propeller, as well as the noise, balance and inertia. We can test propellers ranging from 4 to 30 inch in diameter. For in-flight propeller performance we have 3 sizes of quadcopters with known and calibrated aerodynamics that allow measuring the propeller behavior throughout all flight phases.
With our test procedure and data-analysis, we can measure and identify the steady state performance of the drone in terms of aerodynamics, efficiency, speed, power, distance, payload as well as the dynamic behavior in terms of control bandwidth, frame inertia, maximum accelerations and rotation speeds etc. This allows to benchmark a new design or check the influence of a design change to the overall vehicle performance .
If there is no drone on the market that meets your mission requirements, a new design can be made by varying all design parameters until an optimal solution to the requirements is found. From this parameter set, the components such as battery, ESCs, motors, propellers and the frame dimensions can be determined.
Unlike other simulators which are used to train pilots and simulate the flight behavior, we can accurately calculate the required power throughout all flight phases and predict how much energy will be left in the battery at the end of a mission. This is critical for situations in which a drone is used for long-distance missions such as off-shore inspections in which you want to make sure the drone is able to make it back to the shore before the battery runs out.