Analysis of kinematics of flapping wing UAV using OptiTrack systems

Rongfa, M. N., Pantuphag, T. and Srigrarom, S. (2016) Analysis of kinematics of flapping wing UAV using OptiTrack systems. Aerospace, 3(3), 23. (doi: 10.3390/aerospace3030023)

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An analysis of the kinematics of a flapping membrane wing using experimental kinematic data is presented. This motion capture technique tracks the positon of the retroreflective marker(s) placed on the left wing of a 1.3m wingspan ornithopter. The time varying three dimensional data of the wing kinematics were recorded for a single frequency. The wing shape data was then plotted on a two-dimensional plane to understand the wing dynamic behaviour of an ornithopter. Specifically the wing tip path, leading edge bending, wing membrane shape, local twist, stroke angle and wing velocity was analyzed. As the three characteristic angles can be expressed in the Fourier series as a function of time, the kinematics of the wing can be computationally generated for the aerodynamic study of flapping flight through the Fourier coefficients presented. Analysis of the ornithopter wing showed how the ornithopter closely mimics the flight motions of birds despite several physical limitations.

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Additional Information:: This research work has been partially funded by the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) and the University of Glasgow Singapore (UGS). Their generous support is greatly appreciated. The second author (Teppatat Pantuphag) also wishes to thank Kasetsart University for supporting him during his visit at SIT-UGS in Singapore.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Srigrarom, Dr Spot
Authors: Rongfa, M. N., Pantuphag, T., and Srigrarom, S.
Subjects:T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Autonomous Systems and Connectivity
Journal Name:Aerospace
ISSN (Online):2226-4310
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Authors
First Published:First published in Aerospace 3(3): 23
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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