Design and analysis of A modular vtol drone with bat-inspired wings

Maja Anachkova, Marko Stankoski, Mihael Berberu, Aleksandar Atanasov, Jane Janevski, Jovana Jovanova

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Abstract

The future of technology lies in the diverse characteristics and capabilities of autonomous machines and devices and their application in many technical challenge. Rapid technology development, market globalization and availability of affordable electronics and controllers, have recently resulted in increased scientific and technical interest in drones as autonomous solutions for professional, as well as, amateur applications. On the other hand, researchers have been improving how manmade machines move through air by attempting to replicate animals motion by mimicking their aerial abilities. In this paper, we propose a development of a bio-inspired modular drone concept motivated by the bats agility, wingspan and wings folding into various shapes. The drone can be tailored for different applications, from sea port mapping, surveying, tank inspection and port traffic control to pollution monitoring and detection of illegal activities. The aerial performances of the drone allow it to be able to conduct windmills monitoring by connecting to their local monitoring units and send alerts to officials in real-time. This small bat-inspired drone is proposed to have an ability of performing flights with precisely defined trajectories. The accent will be put on the interchangeable wings, analysis of their dynamic attributes and transformation possibilities as a crucial segment of the overall drone performance. The design and fabrication process and the flight characteristics of the various wing configurations of the drone are discussed in details. Limitations of the drone, proposed solutions for further development and recommendations are also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, SMASIS 2020
PublisherASME
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-7918-8402-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventASME 2020 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, SMASIS 2020 - Virtual/online event due to COVID-19
Duration: 15 Sep 202015 Sep 2020

Conference

ConferenceASME 2020 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, SMASIS 2020
Period15/09/2015/09/20

Keywords

  • Bat-inspired wings
  • Bio-inspired design
  • UAV
  • VTOL drone

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