MAVs: A Brief Summary

Kumar, R (2000) MAVs: A Brief Summary. Technical Report. National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore, India.

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Abstract

Last decade has witnessed a strong interest in the understanding of aerodynamics in the low Re regime (104 to 106) mainly due to the increasing importance of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles UAVs and Micro Aerial Vehicles MAVs. MAVs, in particular, have been the subject area of research and developmental activities due to shear variety of jobs it can do. MAVs, due to very small size, essentially fall in lower end of low Reynolds Number regime, along with large insects and small birds. Viscous forces dominate the aerodynamics in this regime and aerodynamic efficiency of manmade vehicle wings is very poor. Nature employs different mode of flying in this regime; e.g. flapping wings. This report is essentially a collection of information on MAVs available in open literature including websites.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Micro Aerial Vehicle;MAV;Low Reynolds Number aerodynamics;Micro Electro Mechanical System;MEMS;Unsteady aerodynamics;Laminar separation bubble
Subjects: AERONAUTICS > Aerodynamics
Depositing User: Smt Bhagya Rekha KA
Date Deposited: 08 May 2006
Last Modified: 24 May 2010 04:10
URI: http://nal-ir.nal.res.in/id/eprint/1230

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