Developing and analysing an electromechanical model of a bio-inspired flapping wing mini UAV

Moonsoo Park, A. Abolfathi, J. D. Biggs, Y. Ventikos

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The purpose of this paper is to describe and analyse an electromechanical model of a mini flapping wing mechanism for the purpose of system optimisation. The system comprises of a small DC motor connected to a voltage source, a gearbox and a slider crank that drives two wings. The DC gearmotor is modelled considering its both mechanical and electrical components. An equivalent viscous damper is considered to model the mechanical losses of the gearmotor. The crank mechanism is assumed massless and the inertia of the wings only considered in the model. The aerodynamic drag and lift are modelled using an equivalent viscous damping model as an energy sink. The parameters of the system are estimated using published experimental data and manufacturer datasheets for the corresponding DC gearmotor. The energy efficiency as the ratio of aerodynamic power to the input electrical power of the system and also the aerodynamic power are used as two measures to evaluate the system performance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ISMA 2018 - International Conference on Noise and Vibration Engineering and USD 2018 - International Conference on Uncertainty in Structural Dynamics
EditorsD. Moens, W. Desmet, B. Pluymers, W. Rottiers
PublisherKU Leuven - Departement Werktuigkunde
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9789073802995
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Noise and Vibration Engineering (ISMA)/Conference of USD 2018 - Leuven, Belgium
Duration: 17 Sept 201819 Sept 2018
Conference number: 28th (Website)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Noise and Vibration Engineering (ISMA)/Conference of USD 2018
Abbreviated titleISMA 2018 & USD 2018
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