Faculty Advisor

Nestinger, Stephen

Faculty Advisor

Popovic, Marko B.

Abstract

Ornithopters, systems that utilize flapping to generate lift, are a growing field of robotics. Although they are of particular interest, there are currently no successful large scale hovering ornithopters. Continuing from last year’s MQP, this project developed a testbed that can effectively examine ornithopter designs. Realization was guided by a theoretical model developed in MATLAB. Utilizing load cells, cameras, and a LabVIEW interface, the testbed allows for the examination of different wing designs and wing motion.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2014

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Robotics Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Physics

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