Wing Mechanization Design and Wind Tunnel Testing for a Perching Micro Air Vehicle
This paper describes the development of a mechanized wing concept for a perching micro air vehicle. The wings are capable of rotating in pitch at two spanwise joints to simulate the motion of a bird’s wings during a perching maneuver. This project focuses on the wing mechanization design and analysis as well as the structure/mechanism integration. The advantage of a perching type of landing is that it allows the vehicle to land with approximately zero vertical and horizontal velocity on a tree branch, power line, or ledge. The requirements to perform this maneuver were investigated, the structural design was developed, and the mechanization integration to achieve this motion was determined. A model was designed and manufactured to demonstrate the kinematic mechanism making this wing motion possible. Wind tunnel testing and analytical simulation were also completed to further develop the model.
Pietro VINCENZINI and Fabio CASCIATI
J. M. Lukens et al., "Wing Mechanization Design and Wind Tunnel Testing for a Perching Micro Air Vehicle", Advances in Science and Technology, Vol. 56, pp. 589-594, 2008