A controllability approach for resonant compliant systems: Applied to a flapping wing micro air vehicle

HJ Peters

Research output: ThesisDissertation (TU Delft)


This thesis studies a controllability approach for general resonant compliant systems. These systems exploit resonance to obtain a specific dynamic response at relatively low actuation power. This type of systems is often lightweight, is scalable and minimizes frictional losses through the use of compliant hinges. Some insect-inspired Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicle (FWMAV) designs are based on such a resonant compliant system. These designs are carefully tuned such that a particular resonance response of the system corresponds to the desired wing flapping motion. The system’s resonance response depends strongly on its structural properties (i.e., mass, damping, stiffness and their spatial distribution). Resonance response modifications can, thus, be controlled using carefully selected structural property changes. This thesis contributes to the controllability of resonant compliant systems in general and the compliant FWMAV design in particular. Although there is yet no physical, controllable FWMAV design with integrated active components, the current research strongly indicates the applicability of structural property changes to reach controllability of this type of systems. Effective control requires an integrated approach that considers simultaneously the structure, the wings, the kinematics, the methods to induce property changes and the desired controllability
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
  • van Keulen, A., Supervisor
  • Goosen, J.F.L., Advisor
Award date22 Mar 2016
Place of PublicationDelft, The Netherlands
Print ISBNs978-94-028-0071-5
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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