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Utilizing adaptive wing technology in the control of a micro air vehicle
Author(s): William R. Null; Matthew G. Wagner; Sergey V. Shkarayev; Wayne C. Jouse; Keith M. Brock
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Paper Abstract

Evolution of the design of micro air vehicles (MAVs) towards miniaturization has been severely constrained by the size and mass of the electronic components needed to control the vehicles. Recent research, experimentation, and development in the area of smart materials have led to the possibility of embedding control actuators, fabricated from smart materials, in the wing of the vehicle, reducing both the size and mass of these components. Further advantages can be realized by developing adaptive wing structures. Small size and mass, and low airspeeds, can lead to considerable buffeting during flight, and may result in a loss of flight control. In order to counter these effects, we are developing a thin, variable-cambered airfoil design with actuators embedded within the wing. In addition to reducing the mass and size of the vehicle or, conversely, increasing its available payload, an important benefit from the adaptive wing concept is the possibility of in-flight modification of the flight envelope. Reduced airspeeds, which are crucial during loiter, can be realized by an in-flight increase in wing camber. Conversely, decreases in camber provide for an airframe best suited for rapid ingress/egress and extension of the mission range.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 2002
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4698, Smart Structures and Materials 2002: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies, (9 July 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.475057
Show Author Affiliations
William R. Null, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Matthew G. Wagner, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Sergey V. Shkarayev, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Wayne C. Jouse, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Keith M. Brock, Univ. of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4698:
Smart Structures and Materials 2002: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies
Anna-Maria Rivas McGowan, Editor(s)

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