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Flapping metal actuator in electric field
Author(s): Chengyi Xu; Chunye Xu; Jianming Zheng
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Paper Abstract

Electrically induced flapping motion of aluminum foil with a high frequency is demonstrated. The flapping motion was recorded by using a high speed camera and characterized by analyzing the tip displacement of the foil. It is found that a critical voltage presents to induce the flapping motion and the vibration frequency depends on the dimensions of the foils as well as the dielectric properties of the supporters for the foil. Induced directional airflow by the flapping motion was also demonstrated here. This study may provide a simple way to realize the two-dimensional flying vehicle in the future.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 August 2013
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8793, Fourth International Conference on Smart Materials and Nanotechnology in Engineering, 87930N (9 August 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2027964
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Chengyi Xu, Univ. of Science and Technology of China (China)
Chunye Xu, Univ. of Science and Technology of China (China)
Jianming Zheng, Univ. of Science and Technology of China (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8793:
Fourth International Conference on Smart Materials and Nanotechnology in Engineering
Jayantha A. Epaarachchi; Alan Kin-tak Lau; Jinsong Leng, Editor(s)

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