Faculty Advisor

Onal, Cagdas Denizel

Faculty Advisor

Popovic, Marko B.

Abstract

The scope of the project was to create an ornithopter, a bio-inspired flapping wing mechanism to produce lift. The developed system utilizes pneumatics as the pressure source to power fluidic muscles actuating an ornithopter. Powered by compressed air these muscles take the place of the pectoral muscles of a bird creating a powerful flapping motion in order to counter gravitational forces. This seagull inspired design incorporates airfoil profiled wings with passive angle of attack change and custom motion limiting joints with shock dampening developed for the specifications and scale of the project which produced measurable lift forces.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2015

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Physics

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