Design of "Figure-8" Spherical Motion Flapping Wing for Miniature UAV
Hummingbirds and some insects exhibit a “Figure-8” flapping motion, which allows them to undergo variety of maneuvers including hovering. It is therefore desirable to have miniature air vehicle (FWMAV) with this wing motion. This paper presents a design of a flapping-wing for FWMAV that can mimic “Figure-8” motion using a spherical four bar mechanism. In the proposed design, the wing is attached to a coupler point on the mechanism, which is driven by a DC servo motor. A prototype is fabricated to verify that the design objectives are met. Experimental testing was conducted to determine the validity of the design. The results indicate good correlation between model and experimental prototype.
Airplanes – Wings – Design and construction; Design; Drone aircraft; Micro air vehicles; Motion; Unmanned aerial vehicles; Wings
Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics | Aeronautical Vehicles | Aerospace Engineering | Mechanical Engineering
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Rehmat, Z. P.,
Lee, J. S.,
Design of "Figure-8" Spherical Motion Flapping Wing for Miniature UAV.
Proceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers
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