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Title: Development of elastomeric flight muscles for flapping wing micro air vehicles
Authors: Lau, Gih-Keong
Chin, Yao-Wei
La, Thanh-Giang
Keywords: Dielectric Elastomer Actuator
Flight Muscles
DRNTU::Engineering::Mechanical engineering
Issue Date: 2017
Source: Lau, G.-K., Chin, Y.-W., & La, T.-G. (2017). Development of elastomeric flight muscles for flapping wing micro air vehicles. SPIE Smart Structures and Materials + Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring, 10163, 1016320-. doi:10.1117/12.2260422
Abstract: Common drivers of flapping wings are a motorized crank mechanisms, which convert the motor rotation into wing reciprocation. Energetic efficiency of the motorized wing flappers can be quite low due to the lack of elastic storage and high friction. This paper relook into the flapping flight apparatus of natural flyers and draw inspiration to develop flight muscles capable of elastic storage, in addition to the frictionless thoracic compliant mechanisms. We review the recent findings on the use of dielectric elastomer actuators as flight muscles. We also discuss the challenges and the prospects of using dielectric elastomer minimum energy structure to create large and fast bending/unbending, possibly for wing flapping.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/81904
http://hdl.handle.net/10220/47503
DOI: 10.1117/12.2260422
Rights: © 2017 Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers. All rights reserved. This paper was published in Fifth International Conference on Optical and Photonics Engineering and is made available with permission of Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers.
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