Nano-mechanical properties and structural of a 3D-printed biodegradable biomimetic micro air vehicle wing

Erfan Salami, E. Montazer, T. A. Ward, P. B. Ganesan

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The biomimetic micro air vehicles (BMAV) are unmanned, micro-scaled aircraft that are bio-inspired from flying organisms to achieve the lift and thrust by flapping their wings. The main objectives of this study are to design a BMAV wing (inspired from the dragonfly) and analyse its nano-mechanical properties. In order to gain insights into the flight mechanics of dragonfly, reverse engineering methods were used to establish three-dimensional geometrical models of the dragonfly wings, so we can make a comparative analysis. Then mechanical test of the real dragonfly wings was performed to provide experimental parameter values for mechanical models in terms of nano-hardness and elastic modulus. The mechanical properties of wings were measured by nanoindentre. Finally, a simplified model was designed and the dragonfly-like wing frame structure was bio-mimicked and fabricated using a 3D printer. Then mechanical test of the BMAV wings was performed to analyse and compare the wings under a variety of simplified load regimes that are concentrated force, uniform line-load and a torque. This work opened up the possibility towards developing an engineering basis for the biomimetic design of BMAV wings.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012073
JournalIOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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