Active materials for wing morphing micro-air-vehicles

O. Bilgen, D. Inman, A. Kurdila, R. Lind

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Conventional surface control techniques have been used in carbon fiber composite, membrane-wing autonomous micro-air-vehicles (MAV). However, articulated lifting surfaces and articulated wing sections are difficult to instrument in a repeatable fashion. Assembly is complex and time consuming. The authors aim to implement morphing wings on autonomous MAVs that are actuated via active materials. The resultant designs are advantageous in that they are (1) solid state and (2) capable of highly agile maneuver. Active actuation is achieved via a type of piezoceramic composite called Macro Fiber Composite (MFC). The paper summarizes results from experimental study of the MAV wing assemblies actuated with MFC. Experiments prove that MFC provides actuation authority for MAVs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages16
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventAUVSI Unmanned Systems North America Conference 2006 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Aug 29 2006Aug 31 2006


OtherAUVSI Unmanned Systems North America Conference 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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