Title

Air Cleaning Drone Feasibility: Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to Reduce Indoor Particulate Matter

School Name

South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics

Grade Level

12th Grade

Presentation Topic

Engineering

Presentation Type

Mentored

Abstract

UAVs are involved in many industries such as agriculture, 3D mapping, search & rescue, photography, and recently the monitoring of air pollution. The purpose of this project was to determine if a commonly found mobile device, like a UAV, could become a mobile air pollution removing platform. It was determined that a ZKHD drone would meet the design requirements of being programable and able to carry a filtration device. The filter was created and attached to the drone for testing. The intent was to program the UAV to fly in different patterns that could be tested to find the change in filtration efficiency for those patterns. There was an issue in the testing environment that prohibited the testing of these patterns, but the differences between a stationary filter and a mobile filter were still tested. There was very little decrease in the efficiency in the filter between a mobile and stationary position. This supported the idea that a drone could be a suitable platform to hold an air pollution filter; however, a real-world application would require a custom filter and a specialty drone to work most efficiently. The goal of creating a working prototype of a mobile air pollution filter was accomplished. This could become a base for further research into the use of UAVs to generate large-scale applications of mobile air filtration devices to create real change in the amount of air pollution around the world.

Location

Johns Hall 109

Start Date

3-28-2020 1:30 PM

Presentation Format

Oral Only

Group Project

No

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Mar 28th, 1:30 PM

Air Cleaning Drone Feasibility: Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to Reduce Indoor Particulate Matter

Johns Hall 109

UAVs are involved in many industries such as agriculture, 3D mapping, search & rescue, photography, and recently the monitoring of air pollution. The purpose of this project was to determine if a commonly found mobile device, like a UAV, could become a mobile air pollution removing platform. It was determined that a ZKHD drone would meet the design requirements of being programable and able to carry a filtration device. The filter was created and attached to the drone for testing. The intent was to program the UAV to fly in different patterns that could be tested to find the change in filtration efficiency for those patterns. There was an issue in the testing environment that prohibited the testing of these patterns, but the differences between a stationary filter and a mobile filter were still tested. There was very little decrease in the efficiency in the filter between a mobile and stationary position. This supported the idea that a drone could be a suitable platform to hold an air pollution filter; however, a real-world application would require a custom filter and a specialty drone to work most efficiently. The goal of creating a working prototype of a mobile air pollution filter was accomplished. This could become a base for further research into the use of UAVs to generate large-scale applications of mobile air filtration devices to create real change in the amount of air pollution around the world.