Bat wings

Title: Design and fabrication of a bat robot with soft silicon rubber anisotropic wing membrane

Aim: To investigate the effect of anisotropic softness of wing membrane of a bat robot on aerodynamic performance using specifically shaped silicon rubber wing. A robotic bat with a pair of flapping wings mounted on a force sensor will be designed by inspiration from the nature and some ideas for the wing membrane anisotropic shape effects on aerodynamic forces will be investigated based on basic knowledge of flapping aerodynamic.

Plan: Help build and design the flapping robot using Solidworks and 3D printer. Design and fabricate the wing membrane with silicon rubber. Investigate some ideas for the wing shape based on basic flapping aerodynamics. Do some basic aerodynamic tests.

References:

J. Colorado, A. Barrientos, C. Rossi, J.W. Bahlman, and K. S. Breuer, “Corrigendum: Biomechanics of smart wings in a bat robot: morphing wings using SMA actuator” Bioinspiration & Biomimetics (2013): 8, 1-18.

S.J. Furst, G. Bunget, and S. Seelecke, “Design and fabrication of a bat-inspired flapping-flight platform using shape memory alloy muscles and joint” Smart Materials and Structures (2013): 22, 1-18.

L.J. Yang, C.K. Hsu, J.Y. Ho, and C.K. Feng, “Flapping Wings with Pvdf Sensors to Modify the Aerodynamic Forces of a Micro Aerial Vehicle,” Sens. Actuators (2007): 139(1–2), 95–103.

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