The Efficiency of a Hybrid Flapping Wing Structure—A Theoretical Model Experimentally Verified
AbstractTo propel a lightweight structure, a hybrid wing structure was designed; the wing’s geometry resembled a rotor blade, and its flexibility resembled an insect’s flapping wing. The wing was designed to be flexible in twist and spanwise rigid, thus maintaining the aeroelastic advantages of a flexible wing. The use of a relatively “thick” airfoil enabled the achievement of higher strength to weight ratio by increasing the wing’s moment of inertia. The optimal design was based on a simplified quasi-steady inviscid mathematical model that approximately resembles the aerodynamic and inertial behavior of the flapping wing. A flapping mechanism that imitates the insects’ flapping pattern was designed and manufactured, and a set of experiments for various parameters was performed. The simplified analytical model was updated according to the tests results, compensating for the viscid increase of drag and decrease of lift, that were neglected in the simplified calculations. The propelling efficiency of the hovering wing at various design parameters was calculated using the updated model. It was further validated by testing a smaller wing flapping at a higher frequency. Good and consistent test results were obtained in line with the updated model, yielding a simple, yet accurate tool, for flapping wings design. View Full-Text
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Keren, Y.; Abramovich, H.; Arieli, R. The Efficiency of a Hybrid Flapping Wing Structure—A Theoretical Model Experimentally Verified. Aerospace 2016, 3, 19.
Keren Y, Abramovich H, Arieli R. The Efficiency of a Hybrid Flapping Wing Structure—A Theoretical Model Experimentally Verified. Aerospace. 2016; 3(3):19.Chicago/Turabian Style
Keren, Yuval; Abramovich, Haim; Arieli, Rimon. 2016. "The Efficiency of a Hybrid Flapping Wing Structure—A Theoretical Model Experimentally Verified." Aerospace 3, no. 3: 19.
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