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Dynamic response of a piezoelectric flapping wing
Author(s): Alok Kumar; Gaurang Khandwekar; S. Venkatesh; D. Roy Mahapatra; S. Dutta
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Paper Abstract

Piezo-composite membranes have advantages over motorized flapping where frequencies are high and certain coupling between bending and twisting is useful to generate lift and forward flight. We draw examples of fruit fly and bumble bee. Wings with Piezo ceramic PZT coating are realized. The passive mechanical response of the wing is characterized experimentally and validated using finite element simulation. Piezoelectric actuation with uniform electrode coating is characterized and optimal frequencies for flapping are identified. The experimental data are used in an empirical model and advanced ratio for a flapping insect like condition for various angular orientations is estimated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 March 2015
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9429, Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2015, 94290O (26 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2180156
Show Author Affiliations
Alok Kumar, Indian Institute of Science (India)
Gaurang Khandwekar, Indian Institute of Science (India)
S. Venkatesh, Indian Institute of Science (India)
D. Roy Mahapatra, Indian Institute of Science (India)
S. Dutta, National Aerospace Labs. (India)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9429:
Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2015
Akhlesh Lakhtakia; Mato Knez; Raúl J. Martín-Palma, Editor(s)

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