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Compliant wing design for a flapping wing micro air vehicle

2015

Conference Paper

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In this work, we examine several wing designs for a motor-driven, flapping-wing micro air vehicle capable of liftoff. The full system consists of two wings independently driven by geared pager motors that include a spring in parallel with the output shaft. The linear transmission allows for resonant operation, while control is achieved by direct drive of the wing angle. Wings used in previous work were chosen to be fully rigid for simplicity of modeling and fabrication. However, biological wings are highly flexible and other micro air vehicles have successfully utilized flexible wing structures for specialized tasks. The goal of our study is to determine if wing flexibility can be generally used to increase wing performance. Two approaches to lift improvement using flexible wings are explored, resonance of the wing cantilever structure and dynamic wing twisting. We design and test several wings that are compared using different figures of merit. A twisted design improved lift per power by 73.6% and maximum lift production by 53.2% compared to the original rigid design. Wing twist is then modeled in order to propose optimal wing twist profiles that can maximize either wing efficiency or lift production.

Author(s): Colmenares, David and Kania, Randall and Zhang, Wang and Sitti, Metin
Book Title: Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2015 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on
Pages: 32--39
Year: 2015
Month: September
Day: 28

Department(s): Physical Intelligence
Bibtex Type: Conference Paper (inproceedings)

DOI: 10.1109/IROS.2015.7353111

Organization: IEEE

BibTex

@inproceedings{colmenares2015compliant,
  title = {Compliant wing design for a flapping wing micro air vehicle},
  author = {Colmenares, David and Kania, Randall and Zhang, Wang and Sitti, Metin},
  booktitle = {Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2015 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on},
  pages = {32--39},
  organization = {IEEE},
  month = sep,
  year = {2015},
  month_numeric = {9}
}