194. NONLINEAR AEROELASTIC ANALYSIS OF FLAPPING MICRO AIR VEHICLES

Department: Structural Engineering
Faculty Advisor(s): David Benson | Luciano Demasi

Primary Student
Name: Enrico Santarpia
Email: esantarp@ucsd.edu
Phone: 619-594-3513
Grad Year: 2019

Abstract
Insects present excellent flight performance and are the ideal candidates for bio-inspired flapping unmanned aerial system (FUAS). An effective design of FUAS will try to reproduce the essential aspects of the insects biological features required for efficient flight with focus on the maximization of the payload and minimization of the power required to flap the wings. In previous studies it has been shown that to achieve a high efficiency of flight the wing must not be rigid. The unsteady aerodynamics of low Reynolds number flapping wings has not been fully understood. Although a complete comprehension of the phenomena is essential in order to have an efficient design of FUAS and so minimize the power requirement. The main goal of this effort is to understand the physics of low-Reynolds flight to mimic the exceptional abilities of biological flyers and do even better than them: artificial unmanned systems do not have biological constraints.

Industry Application Area(s)
Aerospace, Defense, Security

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