Design of "Figure-8" Spherical Motion Flapping Wing for Miniature UAV

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Conference Proceeding


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.


Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics | Aeronautical Vehicles | Aerospace Engineering | Mechanical Engineering


Conference Held: San Diego, California, USA, August 30–September 2, 2009


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