Performance and Stability of an Agile Tail-less MAV with Flexible Articulated Wings
This paper considers the problems of (a) modelling the ight mechanics of a tail-less MAV equipped with exible articulated wings, and (b) the analysis of its turning performance. The wings are assumed to have two degrees of freedom - heave and twist. They are assumed to be actuated from the root, which is the abstraction of an experimental control mechanism being developed by the authors. The dihedral and twist angles at the wing root are controlled. A novel actuator concept of axial tension to control wing stiffness has been explored in this paper. It is shown that axial tension in the wing has a significant effect on the turning performance of the aircraft, although the effect is not uniformly beneficial in nature. The effect of exibility on the steady state turning performance of the aircraft has been demonstrated by comparing it with that of a rigid aircraft, and with that of a similar aircraft possessing a wing with different elastic properties.
© 2010 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. This project was supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) under the Young Investigator Award Program (Grant No. FA95500910089) monitored by Dr. W. Larkin. The original problem was posed by Dr. Gregg Abate (AFRL). This paper also benefitted from stimulating discussions with Mr. Johnny Evers (AFRL).
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