—The need for the study of an ornithopter is based on the argument that flapping wing flight, at small scale, is more efficient than traditional fixed wing and rotary flight. Flapping wing flight more closely mimics natural flight and has potential for being lower in weight and having greater endurance. Recent approaches involve analyzing bird, bat and insect flight which enabled understanding of the mechanisms that biological ‘machines’ that use flapping to provide lift and thrust. It is known that the flexible nature of membrane type wings can increase aerodynamic stability by damping unsteady forces/moments and storing elastic energy. The objective of this study is to analyze relative merits of a flapping wing over a fixed wing. This paper primarily focuses on the role of wing flexibility in flapping wing flight. The study of two wings, various flapping frequencies and air flows will help future researchers in perhaps eventually building a flapping wing UAV with flexible membrane wings.
—Endurance, flapping, ornithopter and stability.
Md Jalal Uddin Rumi is with Department of Aeronautical Engineering, Military Institute of Science and Technology, Dhaka-1216, Bangladesh (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Nc Chattopadhyay is from Indian Air force, now is with Aeronautical Engineering Dept. of Military Institute of Science and Technology, Dhaka- 1216, Bangladesh (e-mail: email@example.com).
Md Abdus Salam is with Engineering Dept. of Military Institute of Science and Technology, Dhaka 1216, Bangladesh (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite:Md Jalal Uddin Rumi, Nc Chattopadhyay, and Md Abdus Salam, "Aerodynamic Analysis of Flapping Wing over Fixed Wing," International Journal of Engineering and Technology vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 151-157, 2014.