Compliant structure design for reproducing insect wing kinematics in MAVs

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The incorporation of elastic elements into the design of wings for flapping wing MAVs allows for the passive control of the wing pitching movement. This property is very useful in hovering flapping MAVs due to a reduction in the complexity of the wing actuation mechanism requirements. This can be accomplished by small modification of a standard flapping wing MAV wing design. In order to predict performance and tailor the value of stiffness needed, a quasi-steady aerodynamic model is used combined with a rigid body model of the wing. The model is tuned using insect wing kinematics as the reference. The tuned stiffness value is used in the realization of the modified design which is tested in an experimental setup to judge if the kinematic pattern corresponds to the required pattern.
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Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Forum on Aeroelasticity and Structural Dynamics, June 21-June 25, 2009, Seattle, WA, USA
Editors Bhatia, K.G., Borglund, D., Chapman, R.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)s.n.
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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