Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicle

IIT Kanpur is actively involved in development of flapping wing Micro Air Vehicles through DRDO sponsored projects. Several prototypes have been constructed and tested in wind tunnel for loads measurement. A theoretical aerodynamic model has been developed to predict the loads generated by flapping wing vehicle, which has been used in optimization of wing twist.

Recently a variant of flapping wing vehicle with hover capability was also flight tested. See video below:

Group Website: http://home.iitk.ac.in/~das

Keywords: Theoretical and Experimental Fluid Dynamics, Unsteady Aerodynamics, Birds’s and Insect’s Flight.