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Piezoelectrically actuated insect scale flapping wing

Mukherjee, Sujoy and Ganguli, Ranjan (2010) Piezoelectrically actuated insect scale flapping wing. In: Conference on Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, MAR 08-11, 2010, San Diego, CA.

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Abstract

An energy method is used in order to derive the non-linear equations of motion of a smart flapping wing. Flapping wing is actuated from the root by a PZT unimorph in the piezofan configuration. Dynamic characteristics of the wing, having the same size as dragonfly Aeshna Multicolor, are analyzed using numerical simulations. It is shown that flapping angle variations of the smart flapping wing are similar to the actual dragonfly wing for a specific feasible voltage. An unsteady aerodynamic model based on modified strip theory is used to obtain the aerodynamic forces. It is found that the smart wing generates sufficient lift to support its own weight and carry a small payload. It is therefore a potential candidate for flapping wing of micro air vehicles.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to The International Society for Optical Engineering.
Keywords: Piezofan; non-linear vibrations; aerodynamics; flapping; MAV
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering (Formerly, Aeronautical Engineering)
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2011 05:57
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2011 08:51
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/35841

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