Aerodynamic characterization of 'DelFly Micro' in forward flight configuration by force measurements and flow field visualization

Deng S., Percin M., van Oudheusden B.

Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Aerospace Technology (APISAT), Shanghai, China, 24 - 26 September 2014, vol.99, pp.925-929 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 99
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.proeng.2014.12.623
  • City: Shanghai
  • Country: China
  • Page Numbers: pp.925-929
  • Keywords: flapping-wing MAV, DelFly Micro, aerodynamic force, wake flow topolygy


This study explores the flow structures and unsteady force generation mechanisms of a flapping-wing micro air vehicle 'DelFly Micro' in forward flight configuration. Stereoscopic Particle Image Velocimetry (Stereo-PIV) measurements were performed to acquire three dimensional flow fields in the wake. Six components of forces and moments were captured simultaneously by use of a miniature force sensor. (C) 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.