Accession Number:

ADA478668

Title:

Recent Progress Towards Developing an Insect-Inspired Flapping-Wing Micro Air Vehicle

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

CRANFIELD UNIV (UNITED KINGDOM) DEPT OF AEROSPACE POWER AND SENSORS

Report Date:

2007-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

13.0

Abstract:

This paper presents an overview of the on-going research activities at Shrivenham, aimed at the design of an autonomous flapping-wing micro air vehicle. After introducing the problem of insect wing kinematics and aerodynamics, we describe our quasi-three-dimensional aerodynamic model for flapping wings. This is followed by a brief discussion of some aerodynamic issues relating to the lift-generating leading-edge vortex. New results are then presented on modelling of wing aeroelastic deflections. Finally, some brief observations are made on flight control requirements for an insect-inspired flapping-wing micro air vehicle. Overall, it is shown that successful development of such a vehicle will require a multi-disciplinary approach, with significant developments in a number of disciplines. Progress to date has largely been concerned with hover. Little is known about the requirements for successful manoeuvre.

Subject Categories:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Pilotless Aircraft
  • Bionics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE