199. flapping unmanned aerial systems: nonlinear aeroelastic analysis

Department: Structural Engineering
Faculty Advisor(s): Luciano Demasi | Jiun-Shyan Chen

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 main goal of this effort is to understand the physics of low-Reynolds flight to mimic the exceptional abilities of biological flyers. The research will cover the following aspects: study of the mechanism that lead to thrust and lift generation in flapping wings, study of the effect of inhomogeneity and anisotropy on the flight performance of FUAS,

Industry Application Area(s)
Aerospace, Defense, Security

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