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Actuators 2016, 5(2), 14;

Getting Started with PEAs-Based Flapping-Wing Mechanisms for Micro Aerial Systems

Department of Computing, Electronics and Mechatronics, Universidad de las Américas Puebla, Sta. Catarina Mártir, San Andrés Cholula, Puebla 72810, Mexico
Polytechnic Institute of Advanced Science—IPSA, IPSA’s Research and Innovation Department—DRII, 15/17 rue M. Grandcoing, Ivry-sur Seine 94200, France
Laboratoire Informatique, Biologie Intégrative et Systémes Complexes—IBISC, 40 rue du Pelvoux, Evry 91020, France
Department of Control and Micro-mechatronic Systems —AS2M, FEMTO-ST Institute, University of Franche-Comté —UBFC, 25000 Besancon, France
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Delbert Tesar
Received: 14 December 2015 / Revised: 6 May 2016 / Accepted: 11 May 2016 / Published: 20 May 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue High-Resolution Actuators)
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This paper introduces recent advances on flapping-wing Micro and Nano Aerial Vehicles (MAVs and NAVs) based on Piezoelectric Actuators (PEA). Therefore, this work provides essential information to address the development of such bio-inspired aerial robots. PEA are commonly used in micro-robotics and precise positioning applications (e.g., micro-positioning and micro-manipulation), whereas within the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) domain, motors are the classical actuators used for rotary or fixed-wing configurations. Therefore, we consider it pertinent to provide essential information regarding the modeling and control of piezoelectric cantilever actuators to accelerate early design and development stages of aerial microrobots based on flapping-wing systems. In addition, the equations describing the aerodynamic behavior of a flapping-wing configuration are presented. View Full-Text
Keywords: Piezoelecric Actuators; flapping wings; MAVs; NAVs Piezoelecric Actuators; flapping wings; MAVs; NAVs

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Durán, J.C.; Escareno, J.A.; Etcheverry, G.; Rakotondrabe, M. Getting Started with PEAs-Based Flapping-Wing Mechanisms for Micro Aerial Systems. Actuators 2016, 5, 14.

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