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Structural characteristics via SLDV for a class of morphing micro-air-vehicles
Author(s): Edward C. Diggs; Onur Bilgen; Andrew Kurdila; Kevin Kochersburger; Dan Inman; Joe Vignola
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Paper Abstract

Conventional control surfaces have been used in most carbon fiber composite, membrane-wing autonomous micro air vehicles (MAV). In some cases, vehicle morphing is achieved using servo actuators to articulate vehicle kinematic joints, or to deform crucial wing / tail surfaces. However, articulated lifting surfaces and articulated wing sections are difficult to instrument and fabricate in a repeatable fashion. Assembly is complex and time consuming. The goal of this paper is to establish the feasibility of morphing wings on autonomous MAVs that are actuated via active materials. Active actuation is achieved via a type of piezoceramic composite called Macro Fiber Composite (MFC). This paper investigates the structural dynamics of morphing wings on MAVs that are actuated via active composites. This paper continues the work presented in1 by considering structural dynamic characteristics of the morphing vehicle determined through Scanning Laser Doppler Vibrometry (SLDV).

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 2007
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 6561, Unmanned Systems Technology IX, 65611F (2 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.719948
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Edward C. Diggs, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Onur Bilgen, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Andrew Kurdila, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Kevin Kochersburger, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Dan Inman, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Joe Vignola, Catholic Univ. of America (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6561:
Unmanned Systems Technology IX
Grant R. Gerhart; Douglas W. Gage; Charles M. Shoemaker, Editor(s)

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