Accession Number : ADA586454


Title :   Aerodynamic Performance and Particle Image Velocimetery of Piezo Actuated Biomimetic Manduca Sexta Engineered Wings Towards the Design and Application of a Flapping Wing Flight Vehicle


Descriptive Note : Doctoral thesis


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT


Personal Author(s) : DeLuca, Anthony M


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a586454.pdf


Report Date : Dec 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 328


Abstract : Considerable research and investigation has been conducted on the aerodynamic performance, and the predominate flow physics of the Manduca Sexta size of biomimetically designed and fabricated wings as part of the AFIT FWMAV design project. Despite a burgeoning interest and research into the diverse field of flapping wing flight and biomimicry, the aerodynamics of flapping wing flight remains a nebulous field of science with considerable variance into the theoretical abstractions surrounding aerodynamic mechanisms responsible for aerial performance. Traditional FWMAV flight models assume a form of a quasi-steady approximation of wing aerodynamics based on an infinite wing element model (BEM). An accurate estimation of the lift, drag, and side force coefficients is a critical component of autonomous stability and control models. This research focused on two separate experimental avenues into the aerodynamics of AFIT's engineered hawkmoth wings---forces and flow visualization.


Descriptors :   *AERODYNAMIC CHARACTERISTICS , *BIOMIMETICS , *PARTICLE IMAGE VELOCIMETRY , ACCURACY , AIRBORNE , COEFFICIENTS , ESTIMATES , FLIGHT , FLOW VISUALIZATION , LIFT , LOADS(FORCES) , PIEZOELECTRICITY , STABILITY , VARIATIONS , VEHICLES , WINGS


Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Electricity and Magnetism
      Fluid Mechanics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE