5 April 2006 An improved flapping wing system actuated by the LIPCA
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This paper presents an improved version of the insect-mimicking flapping-wing mechanism actuated by LIPCA (Lightweight Piezo-Composite Actuator). As the previous version, the actuation displacement of the actuator is converted into flapping-wing motion by a mechanical linkage system that functioned as displacement amplifier as well. In order to provide feathering motion, the wing is attached to the axis through a hinge system that allows the wing rotation at each end of half-stroke, due to air resistance. In this improved version, the total weight has been reduced to the half of the previous one. The device could produce about 90 degree of flapping angle when it operated at around 10 Hz, which was the natural flapping-frequency. Several flapping tests under different parameter configurations were conducted in order to investigate the characteristic of the generated lift. In addition, the smoke-wire test was also conducted, so that the vortices around the wing can be visually observed. Even though the present wing has smaller wing area, it could produce higher lift then before.
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Moh. Syaifuddin, Moh. Syaifuddin, Hoon C. Park, Hoon C. Park, Sang K. Lee, Sang K. Lee, Do Y. Byun, Do Y. Byun, } "An improved flapping wing system actuated by the LIPCA", Proc. SPIE 6173, Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, 61730C (5 April 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.658235; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.658235
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