Saturday Engineering for Everyone: Bird-inspired structures
Time:10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
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For thousands of years, bird flight have inspired and challenged our imaginations and dreams. Man has always aspired to build machines to help him fly like birds. Even today, there are still significant efforts underway focused on understanding the physics of avian flight. There is an increasing need for small aerial robots to conduct a variety of civilian and military mission scenarios. This talk starts by showing that avian-inspired flight has the potential to combine the desired capabilities of hovering, maneuverability, agility, safety, and stealth. The concept of wings as multifunctional adaptive structures will be discussed and several flight devices found on birds’ wings will be introduced as a pathway towards revolutionizing the current design of small unmanned air vehicles. These devices include adaptive wing tips, covert-inspired deployable structures and alula-inspired leading edge devices. Experimental, analytical, and numerical results will be presented to prove the efficacy of such devices. Flight footage and bench top demonstrations will be used to engage audience of all ages and technical backgrounds. The fundamental science at the core of all systems presented is the discovery of new insights about avian flight physics and developing a design framework to achieve superior flight performance in engineered vehicles. Presented by Mechanical Science and Engineering assistant professor Aimy Wissa
Come at 9:30 to enjoy complimentary bagels and coffee before the presentation!
Saturday Engineering for Everyone events are FREE and open to the public. No engineering experience is necessary.
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