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Nonlinear dynamic analysis of dragonfly inspired piezoelectrically driven flapping and pitching wing

Mukherjee, Sujoy and Ganguli, Ranjan (2011) Nonlinear dynamic analysis of dragonfly inspired piezoelectrically driven flapping and pitching wing. In: 19th AIAA/ASME/AHS Adaptive Structures Conference, Jul 29, 2010, Denver, Colorado, USA.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.2514/6.2011-2073


The nonlinear equations for coupled elastic flapping-twisting motion of a dragonfly in- spired smart flapping wing are used for a flapping wing actuated from the root by a PZT unimorph in the piezofan configuration. Excitation by the piezoelectric harmonic force generates only the flap bending motion, which in turn, induces the elastic twist motion due to interaction between flexural and torsional vibrations modes. An unsteady aerodynamic model is used to obtain the aerodynamic forces. Numerical simulations are performed using a wing whose size is the same as the dragonfly Sympetrum Frequens wing. It is found that the value of average lift reaches to its maximum when the smart flapping wing is excited at a frequency closer to the natural frequency in torsion. Moreover, consideration of the elastic twisting of flapping wing leads to an increase in the lift force. It is also found that the flapping wing generates sufficient lift to support its own weight and carry a small pay- load. Therefore, the piezoelectrically actuated smart flapping wing based on the geometry of Sympetrum Frequens wing and undergoing flapping-twisting motions may be considered as a potential candidate for use in MAV applications.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to SAGE Publications.
Keywords: Piezofan; Non-Linear Vibrations; Aerodynamics; Flapping; MAV
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering(Formerly Aeronautical Engineering)
Date Deposited: 02 May 2013 06:38
Last Modified: 02 May 2013 06:38
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/46282

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