A Bat-Wing Aircraft Using the Smart Joint Mechanism


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A bat-like aircraft is proposed, using a smart joint mechanism to actuate the morphing of the wings. The smart joint stays in its deformed shape after cooling, which can be up to 5% of 25 mm length joint. The morphing of the wing shapes of three different bat species is evaluated using a planar lifting line analysis. The morphing improves the lift coefficient over 1000% and the lift to drag ratio over 300% at an angle of attack of 0.6°. The results compare well with what is expected from the type of flight and morphology that has been documented for the bats.



Edited by:

Pietro VINCENZINI and Salvatore GRAZIANI




E. Leylek et al., "A Bat-Wing Aircraft Using the Smart Joint Mechanism", Advances in Science and Technology, Vol. 58, pp. 41-46, 2008

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September 2008




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