Full-Field Deformation Measurement of Morphing Wings

  • M. M. MennuEmail author
  • B. Tran
  • P. G. Ifju
  • E. Santamaria
Conference paper
Part of the Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series book series (CPSEMS)


A micro air vehicle that can achieve a versatile flight condition is being designed. One way of achieving such versatility is through biomimicry. One aspect of this design utilizes a bird-like wing that changes shape to match four flight regimes; take-off-and -landing, cruise, high speed dash and one that enhances maneuverability. A joint mechanism using a tendon actuator between the inboard and the outboard portions of the wing is used to modify wing sweep. Macro fiber composites (MFCs) piezoelectric actuators in a bi-morph configuration are incorporated into the MAVs as control mechanism. Camber changes are implemented with tendon actuators. Finite element is used to model the wing section and perform a full-field deformation study and compared with experimental results. Digital image correlation is used to validate the wing deformations predicted by finite element method (FEA).


Morphing Macro fiber composites Digital image correlation Finite element analysis 



The authors would like to thank the STTR program under the Air Force Office of Scientific Research for the funding.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. M. Mennu
    • 1
    Email author
  • B. Tran
    • 1
  • P. G. Ifju
    • 1
  • E. Santamaria
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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