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Evaluation of bio-inspired morphing concepts with regard to aircraft dynamics and performance
Author(s): Adam M. Wickenheiser; Ephrahim Garcia; Martin Waszak
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Paper Abstract

This paper will discuss the application of various bio-inspired morphing concepts to unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designs. Several analysis tools will be introduced to calculate the aerodynamic benefits, dynamic response, and mission-level benefits of morphing shape changes. Empirical relations are employed to calculate the effects of various geometry changes on the aerodynamics of the vehicle. A six-degree-of-freedom simulation will evaluate the stability and dynamic response of each vehicle configuration as well as “snapshots” of the morphing change. Subsequently, an aircraft performance analysis will be conducted for various shape configurations. Specifically, the performance of a bio-inspired wing is compared to conventional designs. The aircraft dynamic improvements that morphing technologies introduce will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 July 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5390, Smart Structures and Materials 2004: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, (26 July 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.540346
Show Author Affiliations
Adam M. Wickenheiser, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Ephrahim Garcia, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Martin Waszak, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5390:
Smart Structures and Materials 2004: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems
Alison B. Flatau, Editor(s)

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