Self-actuating and self- diagnosing plastically deforming piezo-composite flapping wing MAV

AB Harish, D Harursampath, DR Mahapatra

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In this work, we propose a constitutive model to describe the behavior of Piezoelectric Fiber Reinforced Composite (PFRC) material consisting of elasto-plastic matrix reinforced by strong elastic piezoelectric fibers. Computational efficiency is achieved using analytical solutions for elastic stifness matrix derived from Variational Asymptotic Methods (VAM). This is extended to provide Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) based on plasticity induced degradation of flapping frequency of PFRC. Overall this work provides an effective mathematical tool that can be used for structural self-health monitoring of plasticity induced flapping degradation of PFRC flapping wing MAVs. The developed tool can be re-calibrated to also provide SHM for other forms of failures like fatigue, matrix cracking etc.
Original languageEnglish
Article number797813
Number of pages18
JournalSPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering. Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Fiber reinforced composite
  • Flapping wing micro air vehicle
  • MAV
  • Macro fiber composite
  • Micro air vehicle
  • Plasticity
  • Smart material


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