A Simulation Environment for Aerodynamic Analysis and Design of Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicles

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-06-C-0130
Agency Tracking Number: F064-021-0050
Amount: $99,898.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: AF06-T021
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
3221 NW 13th Street, Suite A, Gainesville, FL, 32609
DUNS: 090574786
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Siddharth Thakur
 Senior Scientist
 (352) 271-8841
 st@snumerics.com
Business Contact
 Siddharth Thakur
Title: President
Phone: (352) 271-8841
Email: st@snumerics.com
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF MICHIGAN
 Wei Shyy
 1320 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109
 (734) 936-0102
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The work proposed here aims to develop a combined simulation and experimental capability to enhance the understanding of unsteady wing aerodynamics of flapping micro air vehicles (MAVs) and to assist in design and control of such vehicles. The overall goal is to use an advanced computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solver in conjunction with experiments for this purpose. Specifically, we aim to study the fluid physics associated with low Reynolds number flapping wings, including the fluid/structure and flight mechanism problems, to facilitate the design of effective high-bandwidth control of wing beat kinematics for MAVs. The overall proposed effort (for Phase I and Phase II) will be aimed at building a fundamental knowledge base for the physics of flapping wing Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) including the newer “Nano” subclass called the NAVs. The proposed work will have two major components: (a) a simulation environment based on an advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solver, and (b) an experimental database to validate the simulations and to guide model development.

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