A novel multi-flapping-wing air vehicle: conceptual design and aerodynamic analysis

dc.contributor.authorBillingsley, Ethan
dc.contributor.authorGhommem, Mehdi
dc.contributor.authorVasconcellos, Rui [UNESP]
dc.contributor.authorAbdelkefi, Abdessattar
dc.contributor.institutionNew Mexico State University
dc.contributor.institutionAmerican University of Sharjah
dc.contributor.institutionUniversidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
dc.description.abstractMany designs for flapping-wing vehicles have been inspired from birds given their outstanding flight capabilities. Birds have been observed to obtain aerodynamic benefits by flying together in V-formation, a unique feature which up to this point has not been incorporated in the design of a flapping-wing drone. Therefore, the goal of this work is to propose a novel design for a multi-flapping-wing drone (MFWD) which uses a V-shape arrangement of flapping wings in order to enhance its propulsive efficiency and lift production. In this work, sizing and weight estimation for a MFWD are conducted following the establishment of a mission plan. Aerodynamic simulations are generated to select the appropriate wing shape and airfoil section to satisfy the design requirements of the proposed drone. Then, a stability analysis is carried out to determine the relative position of the aerodynamic center with respect to the center of gravity. Subsequently, a tail sizing procedure is performed based on the calculated length of the tail arm identified from the stability analysis, and a flapping mechanism is designed based on a common configuration reported in the literature. Finally, a CAD model of the MFWD conceptual design is presented and discussed.en
dc.description.affiliationNew Mexico State University
dc.description.affiliationAmerican University of Sharjah
dc.description.affiliationSão Paulo State University, São Paulo
dc.description.affiliationUnespSão Paulo State University, São Paulo
dc.identifier.citationAIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition, AIAA SciTech Forum 2022.
dc.relation.ispartofAIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition, AIAA SciTech Forum 2022
dc.titleA novel multi-flapping-wing air vehicle: conceptual design and aerodynamic analysisen
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