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Aerodynamic characterization of 'DelFly Micro' in forward flight configuration by force measurements and flow field visualization

2015-01-01
Deng, Shuanghou
Perçin, Mustafa
van Oudheusden, Bas
This study explores the flow structures and unsteady force generation mechanisms of a flapping-wing micro air vehicle 'DelFly Micro' in forward flight configuration. Stereoscopic Particle Image Velocimetry (Stereo-PIV) measurements were performed to acquire three dimensional flow fields in the wake. Six components of forces and moments were captured simultaneously by use of a miniature force sensor.