Modeling and optimization of an electromagnetic actuator for flapping wing micro air vehicle

Bo Cheng, Jesse A. Roll, Xinyan Deng

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Abstract

In this paper, we develop a theoretical framework for a flapping-wing actuation mechanism. Driven by oscillating magnetic torque acting on the rotor, the proposed actuator operates as a forced nonlinear oscillator. The resonance of the system is achieved by using a virtual magnetic spring without any mechanical components. Analytical models of the driving torque and the wing flapping (rotor) dynamics are derived and validated by experimental measurements from a parallel study. The flapping amplitude at primary resonance is obtained by solving the dynamic equation using the method of multiple time scale. The aerodynamic lift is then calculated based on quasi-steady aerodynamic model. Finally, the developed framework is used to investigate the feasibility and performance of the proposed actuator at different scales, while we show that a lift-to-weight ratio over one can be achieved in a large domain of design parameter space.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2013
Pages4035-4041
Number of pages7
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 14 2013
Event2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2013 - Karlsruhe, Germany
Duration: May 6 2013May 10 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
ISSN (Print)1050-4729

Other

Other2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2013
CountryGermany
CityKarlsruhe
Period5/6/135/10/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Cheng, B., Roll, J. A., & Deng, X. (2013). Modeling and optimization of an electromagnetic actuator for flapping wing micro air vehicle. In 2013 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2013 (pp. 4035-4041). [6631146] (Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICRA.2013.6631146