Wind tunnel measurements on MAV planforms

Mukund, R and Karthikeyan, N (2008) Wind tunnel measurements on MAV planforms. In: Proceedings of the Indo-US Workshop on Micro Air Vehicles, 13-14 Nov 2008, Bangalore, India.

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    Micro-aerial vehicles (MAV) are being developed all round the world for a variety of civilian and military13; purposes. NAL has taken up a project to develop a fixed wing MAV of 300mm size weighing nearly 300gm13; capable of flying for 20-30 minutes in autonomous flight, with optical and transmission devices as payload. The13; aerodynamics of the MAV [1-3] having restricted span and flying at low Reynolds numbers is much different13; from that of a typical aircraft. These MAVs have a near circular wing planforms similar to the one designed by13; Zimmermann [4] and have a sharp leading edge and thin cambered sheet instead of a thick airfoil. Several such13; MAVs have been designed and successfully flown all over, however the flow over the MAVs wing is not well13; understood especially the mechanism of obtaining lift at high incidences. Further, established design procedures13; do not exist for MAV as for conventional aircrafts. Computation of such complicated low Reynolds number13; flows is rather difficult. Thus experimental studies are of utmost importance for not only understanding the flow13; but also to optimize the design.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Micro-aerial vehicles (MAV);MAV planforms
    Subjects: AERONAUTICS > Aeronautics (General)
    Division/Department: Experimental Aerodynamics Division, Experimental Aerodynamics Division
    Depositing User: Ms. Alphones Mary
    Date Deposited: 13 May 2009
    Last Modified: 17 Jun 2010 15:06

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