MAV Structures and smart Materials Applications

Raja, S and Dwarakanathan, D (2009) MAV Structures and smart Materials Applications. In: MAV Workshop- Challenges and Presferred Outcomes, 13 November 2008, National Aerospace Laboratories.

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Micro air vehicles are tiny flying objects, which have potential applications in multiple fields. Though Propulsion and Control related issues are the critical areas for MAV, structural configuration poses equally a challenging task for the development of strategic MAV’s. As weight becomes stringent design parameter, highly flexible but very light weight materials are used in some of the flying MAV’s. However, we have made an attempt to use composite materials, along with low density materials like balsa to build NAL-MAV, named Black Kite. Even though, stresses, or frequencies coupling with aerodynamics are not being considered seriously, aeroelastic stability such as gust needs attention naturally, while attitude of MAV is addressed. Therefore, proper structural analysis is essential, in order to optimize the weight by retaining the aerodynamic configuration.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: ENGINEERING > Structural Mechanics
Depositing User: Ms Indrani V
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2010 05:07
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2010 05:07

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