Flapping Wing Aerodynamics and Control for Maneuverable Hovering Micro Air Vehicles

Period of Performance: 10/01/2006 - 07/01/2007


Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Pacific Soft
48 Harvey Ct.
Irvine, CA 92617
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

Naval Postgraduate School
1 University Circle
Monterey, CA 93493
Institution POC


This STTR Phase I project proposes to use a Large Eddy Simulation (LES)-based computational tool to quantitatively identify the relationship between wing kinematics, flowfield behavior and aeroloads for the proposed tractor design of flapping-wing propelled Micro Air Vehicle with preliminary experimental validation. Both hovering and cruise flight modes will be considered. As a result, the feasibility of the selected LES-based computational tool for simulation of flapping-wing aerodynamics will be demonstrated. The identified relationship between wing kinematics and aeroloads can provide guidance for refining the design of the proposed flapping-wing propelled MAV in Phase II. A flight demonstration of a radio-controlled hovering tractor model will also be performed.