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Modeling and Simulation of Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicles

[+] Author Affiliations
Zaeem A. Khan, Sunil K. Agrawal

University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Paper No. DETC2005-85237, pp. 871-879; 9 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 7: 29th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B
  • Long Beach, California, USA, September 24–28, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4744-6 | eISBN: 0-7918-3766-1
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


This paper presents modeling and simulation of a flapping wing micro air vehicle. The overall geometry of this vehicle is based on hummingbirds and large insects. The purpose of this study is to understand the mechanics of flight and to achieve a preliminary design based on simulation results. A quasi-unsteady aerodynamic model is used based on in-house experimental investigation of flapping wing aerodynamics. The simulation results reveal important information regarding the behaviour of the system, that could be used in future designs.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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