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Bio-Inspired Morphing Tail for Flapping-Wings Aerial Robots Using Macro Fiber Composites

GRVC Robotics Laboratory, University of Seville, Avenida de los Descubrimientos S/N, 41092 Seville, Spain
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Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(7), 2930; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11072930
Received: 27 February 2021 / Revised: 21 March 2021 / Accepted: 23 March 2021 / Published: 25 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Aerial, Space, and Underwater Robotics)
The aim of this work is to present the development of a bio-inspired approach for a robotic tail using Macro Fiber Composites (MFC) as actuators. The use of this technology will allow achieving closer to the nature approach of the tail, aiming to mimic a bird tail behavior. The tail will change its shape, performing morphing, providing a new type of actuation methodology in flapping control systems. The work is intended as a first step for demonstrating the potential of these technologies for being applied in other parts of the aerials robotics systems. When compared with traditional actuation approaches, one key advantage that is given by the use of MFC is their ability to adapt to different flight conditions via geometric tailoring, imitating what birds do in nature. Theoretical explanations, design, and experimental validation of the developed concept using different methodologies will be presented in this paper. View Full-Text
Keywords: aerial robotics; UAS; bio-inspiration; soft robotics; MFC; ornithopters; mocap system aerial robotics; UAS; bio-inspiration; soft robotics; MFC; ornithopters; mocap system
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Perez-Sanchez, V.; Gomez-Tamm, A.E.; Savastano, E.; Arrue, B.C.; Ollero, A. Bio-Inspired Morphing Tail for Flapping-Wings Aerial Robots Using Macro Fiber Composites. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 2930. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11072930

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Perez-Sanchez V, Gomez-Tamm AE, Savastano E, Arrue BC, Ollero A. Bio-Inspired Morphing Tail for Flapping-Wings Aerial Robots Using Macro Fiber Composites. Applied Sciences. 2021; 11(7):2930. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11072930

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Perez-Sanchez, Vicente, Alejandro E. Gomez-Tamm, Emanuela Savastano, Begoña C. Arrue, and Anibal Ollero. 2021. "Bio-Inspired Morphing Tail for Flapping-Wings Aerial Robots Using Macro Fiber Composites" Applied Sciences 11, no. 7: 2930. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11072930

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