Suex flapping wing mechanisms for pico air vehicles

Kiron Mateti, Rory A. Byrne-Dugan, Srinivas A. Tadigadapa, Christopher D. Rahn

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Abstract

This paper introduces a simple and low cost flapping wing mechanism fabricated monolithically from SUEX dry film, an epoxy based negative photoresist similar to SU-8. The developed process has fewer steps compared to other methods, does not use precious metals, and greatly reduces processing time and cost. It simultaneously defines the PAV airframe, compliant flapping mechanism, and artificial insect wing using photolithography. Rapid prototypes were fabricated with precisely defined features and material properties and geometry that are similar to insects. A linear model with simplified aerodynamics is developed with amplitude dependent damping and validated using experimental results in air and in vacuum. Angles up to 45° at a resonant frequency of 47 Hz are observed that demonstrate applicability of the developed fabrication process for flapping wing air vehicle applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASME 2012 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, SMASIS 2012
Pages583-590
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
EventASME 2012 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, SMASIS 2012 - Stone Mountain, GA, United States
Duration: Sep 19 2012Sep 21 2012

Publication series

NameASME 2012 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, SMASIS 2012
Volume2

Other

OtherASME 2012 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, SMASIS 2012
CountryUnited States
CityStone Mountain, GA
Period9/19/129/21/12

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials

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Mateti, K., Byrne-Dugan, R. A., Tadigadapa, S. A., & Rahn, C. D. (2012). Suex flapping wing mechanisms for pico air vehicles. In ASME 2012 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, SMASIS 2012 (pp. 583-590). (ASME 2012 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, SMASIS 2012; Vol. 2). https://doi.org/10.1115/SMASIS2012-8092