RoboBat: Dynamics and control of a robotic bat flapping flying testbed

P. Daniel Kuang, Michael Dorothy, Soon Jo Chung

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Abstract

This paper investigates the control of the phase difference in between three different motions of bat flight: pitching, apping, and lead-lag. For active control, a robotic bat test bed capable of simulating different wing motions is used to test the control of these wing motions and the phase differences using central pattern generators (CPG's). Previous work with the robotic bat is expanded upon by modifying the robotic bat test bed to allow for three dimensional motions of the entire bat, instead of only the wings. This is done by mounting the robotic bat onto a 3D pendulum. Experiments analyzing the steady state behavior of the bat's flight with varying phase differences showed a change of pitch while elevation and forward velocity remains constant. This shows promising results regarding the relation between phase differences of wing motions and longitudinal stability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA Infotech at Aerospace Conference and Exhibit 2011
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
EventAIAA Infotech at Aerospace Conference and Exhibit 2011 - St. Louis, MO, United States
Duration: Mar 29 2011Mar 31 2011

Publication series

NameAIAA Infotech at Aerospace Conference and Exhibit 2011

Other

OtherAIAA Infotech at Aerospace Conference and Exhibit 2011
CountryUnited States
CitySt. Louis, MO
Period3/29/113/31/11

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Daniel Kuang, P., Dorothy, M., & Chung, S. J. (2011). RoboBat: Dynamics and control of a robotic bat flapping flying testbed. In AIAA Infotech at Aerospace Conference and Exhibit 2011 (AIAA Infotech at Aerospace Conference and Exhibit 2011).