Flapping wing performance related to wing planform and wing kinematics

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Abstract

In the quest for energy efficient flapping wing micro air vehicles (FWMAVs), the wing performance is of paramount importance. The wing performance is mainly determined by the wing planform and the wing-beat kinematics. Since the optimization of the wing planform and the wing-beat kinematics is complicated by the flapping wing aerodynamics, most FWMAV designs tend to use standard wing planform and kinematics inspired function of the wing planform and the kinematic pitching amplitude. For this purpose, a quasi-steady aerodynamic model is used to determine the aerodynamic loads. This model allows, opposed to the more computationally costly method of direct numerical simulation, its use in optimization. The average normalized lift force, the average normalized required power and the ratio between those two are visualized as a function of the design variables to define the required wing planform and pitching amplitude for optimal hovering performance. Using different optimization formulations, it was found that several different wing designs result in nearly equal performance. It is shown that there is a lot of design freedom with respect to the design variables. This freedom is also shown in nature by the presence of a huge variety of wing planforms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations (ATIO) Conference and 14th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference Online Proceedings (2012)
Editors s.n.
Place of PublicationIndianapolis, Indiana, USA
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc. (AIAA)
Pages1-11
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)978-1-60086-930-3
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event12th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations (ATIO) Conference and 14th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Duration: 17 Sep 201219 Sep 2012

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PublisherAIAA

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Conference12th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations (ATIO) Conference and 14th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference
Period17/09/1219/09/12

Keywords

  • conference contrib. refereed
  • Conf.proc. > 3 pag

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    Peters, HJ., Goosen, JFL., & van Keulen, F. (2012). Flapping wing performance related to wing planform and wing kinematics. In s.n. (Ed.), Proceedings of the 12th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations (ATIO) Conference and 14th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference Online Proceedings (2012) (pp. 1-11). American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc. (AIAA).