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Biologically Inspired, Anisoptropic Flexible Wing for Optimal Flapping Flight

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Technical Report,01 Aug 2007,31 Jan 2013

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University of Michigan Ann Arbor United States

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A multidisciplinary program involving collaboration between eight researches at three universities to address fundamental aspects of flapping wing micro aerial vehicles MAV is described. The overall goal of the program was to develop the fundamental scientific foundation necessary to enable the design of agile, autonomous flapping-wing MAVs for operation in an urban environment. Significant accomplishments include a Developed and validated high- and low-fidelity computational tools for analysis and design of flapping wing MAVs b Developed and used measurement techniques to determine the relation between wing kinematics, geometry, and anisotropic structural flexibility cConducted coordinated experimental and computational modeling to determine the roles of aerodynamic loading, wing inertia, and structural flexibility and elasticity and d Developed surrogate tools for flapping wing MAV design and optimization. Detailed research accomplishments have been documented in 83 archival publications, 11 Ph.D. Dissertations and 5 Master Thesis. Several archival publications are in collaboration with colleagues at AFRL.

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  • Pilotless Aircraft

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