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Authors: Julian Colorado 1 ; Claudio Rossi 2 ; Antonio Barrientos 2 and Diego Patino 1

Affiliations: 1 Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Bogota, Colombia ; 2 Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain

ISBN: 978-989-758-040-6

Keyword(s): Bio-inspired MAV, Shape Memory Alloy Actuators, Bats.

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics ; Robot Design, Development and Control ; Robotics and Automation

Abstract: Bat wings contain dozens of joints that enable the animal to perform aggressive maneuvers by means of changing the wing shape during flight. There is evidence that the inertial forces produced by their wings during flapping have a key role in the attitude movements of the animal, i.e. aerial rotations. In fact, bats efficiently generate net body forces to manoeuvre by taking advantage of their large wing-to-body mass ratio. In this paper, the following question is formulated: Could a Micro Aerial Vehicle (MAV) inspired by the biomechanics of bats take advantage of the morphing-wings aimed at increasing net body forces? Using BaTboT, a novel bat-like MAV with highly articulated wings actuated by shape memory alloy actuators, our goal is to quantify the effects of different wing modulation patterns on the generation of net body forces. Experiments are carried out to confirm the important physical role that changing the wing shape enables: the contraction time of the wings (upstroke) sho uld be faster than the extension time (downstroke), taking about 37.5% of the wingbeat period. This modulation pattern has enabled a lift force increment of 22% (from L = 0:92N to L = 1:12N), abrupt drag reduction (from D = 0:22N to D = 0:11N) and also an increase of net body forces (Fnet ) about 28% compared to those wing modulation patterns defined with equal periods for contraction/extension. These findings can be useful for accurate dynamics modelling and efficient design of flight controllers applied to morphing-wing micro aerial vehicles. (More)

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Paper citation in several formats:
Colorado, J.; Rossi, C.; Barrientos, A. and Patino, D. (2014). The Influence of Bat Wings For Producing Efficient Net Body Forces in Bio-inspired Flapping Robots.In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics - Volume 2: ICINCO, ISBN 978-989-758-040-6, pages 528-532. DOI: 10.5220/0005085805280532

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author={Julian Colorado. and Claudio Rossi. and Antonio Barrientos. and Diego Patino.},
title={The Influence of Bat Wings For Producing Efficient Net Body Forces in Bio-inspired Flapping Robots},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics - Volume 2: ICINCO,},
year={2014},
pages={528-532},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0005085805280532},
isbn={978-989-758-040-6},
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TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics - Volume 2: ICINCO,
TI - The Influence of Bat Wings For Producing Efficient Net Body Forces in Bio-inspired Flapping Robots
SN - 978-989-758-040-6
AU - Colorado, J.
AU - Rossi, C.
AU - Barrientos, A.
AU - Patino, D.
PY - 2014
SP - 528
EP - 532
DO - 10.5220/0005085805280532

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