Algorithms and principles for intelligent design of flapping wing micro aerial vehicles

Ajay Bangalore Harish, Dineshkumar Harursampath

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review


Almost all Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAVs) designed so far facilitate the flapping motion of their wings by means of a mounted actuating mechanism, driven, for example, by a piezoelectric crystal. The developments over the past decade or so in smart material technologies like the invention of Piezoelectric Fiber Reinforced Composite (PFRC) materials and innovative manufacturing techniques to reduce cost have resulted in favorable materials for dynamic actuating applications. Thus, the concept of actively deformable wings to produce combined flapping and feathering actions is evolving as an attractive enabler for design of future MAVs. A smart material like PFRC can both sense and actuate in a collocated fashion, thus building an additional level of computational intelligence into the MAV itself. Such a promising opportunity indicates an urgent need for reliable design tools to accelerate development of MAVs. In this work, the authors propose a modular design tool specifically for design of self-actuating flapping wing MAVs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Computational Intelligence for Engineering, Science, and Business
PublisherIGI Press
Number of pages35
ISBN (Print)9781466625181
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2013


Dive into the research topics of 'Algorithms and principles for intelligent design of flapping wing micro aerial vehicles'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this