A novel degree of freedom in flapping wings shows promise for a dual aerial/aquatic vehicle propulsor

Abstract

Ocean sampling for highly temporal phenomena, such as harmful algal blooms, necessitates a vehicle capable of fast aerial travel interspersed with an aquatic means of acquiring in-situ measurements. Vehicle platforms with this capability have yet to be widely adopted by the oceanographic community. Several animal examples successfully make this aerial/aquatic transition using a flapping foil actuator, offering an existence proof for a viable vehicle design (Fig. 1).We discuss a preliminary realization of a flapping wing actuation system for use in both air and water. The wing employs an active in-line motion degree of freedom to generate the large force envelope necessary for propulsion in both fluid media.

DOI: 10.1109/ICRA.2015.7140015

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@article{Izraelevitz2015AND, title={A novel degree of freedom in flapping wings shows promise for a dual aerial/aquatic vehicle propulsor}, author={Jacob S. Izraelevitz and Michael S. Triantafyllou}, journal={2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)}, year={2015}, pages={5830-5837} }