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Preliminary Design of Flapping Wing Micro Aerial Vehicle at Low Reynolds Numbers

[+] Author Affiliations
Abduljaleel Altememe, Stanley Anderson, Oliver J. Myers

Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Asha J. Hall

US Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD

Paper No. SMASIS2016-9122, pp. V002T06A009; 9 pages
  • ASME 2016 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems
  • Volume 2: Modeling, Simulation and Control; Bio-Inspired Smart Materials and Systems; Energy Harvesting
  • Stowe, Vermont, USA, September 28–30, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Aerospace Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5049-7
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


This research discusses preliminary design of a Flapping Wing Micro Aerial Vehicle (FWMAV). One approach is to develop a biologically-inspired flapping wing MAV that can maneuver into confined areas and possess hover capabilities. This platform can potentially be equipped with microphones, cameras, and gas detectors, but one major challenge is the low Reynolds number aerodynamics. The critical components for successful flight include size, weight, and energy efficiency. Preliminary efforts include mechanical designs for payload, biologically inspired chassis, wing and tail.

Copyright © 2016 by ASME



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