Student working on a research project.

DESIGN AND FABRICATION OF THE WINGS OF A MORPHING WING AIRCRAFT

This project is focused on design and fabrication of an aircraft, which uses smart materials for maneuvering. The control surfaces in conventional airplanes increase the camber angle of the wing profiles. These control surfaces are moved hydraulically in large aircraft or by servomotors in unmanned airplanes. Morphing wing aircraft are fundamentally new kind of airplanes that imitate the wing deformation of birds. The wing in a morphing wing aircraft continuously deforms. This biomimetic approach can significantly increase the flight efficiency and thus increase the flight time of an Unmanned Arial Vehicle. In this project we will design the structure of the wing and fabricate it through laser cutting. The trailing edge of the wing is made out of piezoelectric actuators that deform in response to voltage. This project will be performed in Intelligent Dynamic Sensors And Sensing systems Lab.

Research Project Information

Disciplines: Aerospace Engineering, Mechanica Engineering, Engineering
Student Skill-Set Needed: Experience or high level of interest in design and fabrication, motivation
Compensation: Academic Credit, Volunteer
Available: Fall, Spring, Summer

Contact

For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Amin Karami
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Mechanical And Aerospace Engineering
Office: 1012 Furnas Hall
Phone: 716-645-5878
Email: karami@buffalo.edu