Flexible flapping wings with self-organized microwrinkles.

@article{Tanaka2015FlexibleFW,
  title={Flexible flapping wings with self-organized microwrinkles.},
  author={Hiroto Tanaka and Hiroyuki Okada and Yosuke Shimasue and Hao Liu},
  journal={Bioinspiration & biomimetics},
  year={2015},
  volume={10 4},
  pages={046005}
}
Bio-inspired flapping wings with a wrinkled wing membrane were designed and fabricated. The wings consist of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic frames and a polymer film with microscale wrinkles inspired by bird feathers and the corrugations of insect wings. The flexural and tensile stiffness of the wrinkled film can be controlled by modifying the orientations and waveforms of the wrinkles, thereby expanding the design space of flexible wings for micro flapping-wing aerial robots. A self… CONTINUE READING
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