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An Aeroservoelastic Flapping Flexible Wing Model August 2, 2010

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An aeroservoelastic flapping flexible wing model has been created from experimental data obtained at the University of Florida to support the ideal of reproducible research.  Please cite the paper below if you choose to use this model.

Love, R. and Lind, R. “Experimentally-Based Aeroservoelastic System Identification and Feedforward Control of Flexible Flapping Wings“, AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, 2010.

The model takes inputs of flapping amplitude and flapping frequency to produce a simulation of the aeroservoelastic flapping based on experimental results.  Download the zip file and run “WingModel.m” in Matlab.   Feel free to try your own inputs for flapping amplitude and flapping frequency (it is initially set for +/-35 degree amplitude and 20Hz)!  Please note that work is still in progress to model the exact flexible deformations.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any issues after you’ve tried to figure it out yourself.  Enjoy!

Update 8/26/2010: A newer, higher fidelity model which captures the wing flexibility has been formulated.  Look for this to be published in the near future!

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How to Use this Website July 31, 2008

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This website was built to be a tool to facilitate research and collaboration and to more effectively leverage Web 2.0 tools for the ornithopter community (ie YOU and I).  Here’s the bottom line on how to use it:

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If you want to find my version of the newest papers online about flapping wings (hand sorted for relevance), see my Google Reader Shared Page.  Otherwise you can just obtain the raw feed as seen in the box to the right.

Titles available from my literature review are summarized in the Literature Review Directory.  Please contact me to request an invite to share the papers through the Box.net account.

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Authors are listed for all papers in the Literature Review Directory.  There is also a People Directory that has been compiled of people working in the field.  Our team is listed here.

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