Experimental simulation of flapping wings for nano-air-vehicles

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Proceedings title29th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference 2011
Conference29th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference 2011, 27 June 2011 through 30 June 2011, Honolulu, HI
SubjectEngineering realizations; Experimental approaches; Experimental facilities; Experimental simulations; Kinematic parameters; Numerical validations; Particle image velocimetries; Three-dimensional patterns; Three dimensional; Two dimensional; Wings; Aerodynamics
AbstractThis paper presents recent progress in a continuing investigation of the aeromechanical aspects of generation of aerodynamic forces of apping wings. A tailored experimental facility is developed for apping wings operating at high reduced frequency with a complex two-dimensional or three-dimensional pattern. The experimental measurements are demonstrated by the test cases of two-dimensional and three-dimensional apping wings, designed according to the proposed notional nano-air-vehicle at a hovering condition. The features of the water tunnel, the geometric and kinematic parameters of the airfoils/wings, and the setups of the motion rigs for each test case are described in detail. The mea- sured forces and particle image velocimetry data are analyzed and cross-checked with the numerical results obtained from an in-house code. The analyses and comparisons of the experimental and numerical results confirm that the established experimental approach obtained a quantitatively reliable solution for the development of apping wings and can serve for numerical validation. This is an essential step towards engineering realization of the functionality of insect flight. © 2011 by NRC Institute for Aerospace Research.
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AffiliationNational Research Council Canada (NRC-CNRC); Aerospace (AERO-AERO)
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