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Philip Beran (Committee Member), George Huang (Advisor), Joseph Shang (Committee Member)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Engineering (MSEgr)


Interest in micro air vehicles (MAVs) for reconnaissance and surveillance has grown steadily in the last decade. Prototypes are being developed and built with a variety of capabilities, such as the ability to hover and glide. However, the design of these vehicles is hindered by the lack of understanding of the underlying physics; therefore, the design process for MAVs has relied mostly on trial-and-error based production. Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) techniques can be used to improve upon the results found in traditional computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations. In this thesis, a verification of FSI is first completed, followed by FSI MAV simulations looking at different prescribed amplitudes and flapping frequencies. Finally, a qualitative comparison is made to high speed footage of an MAV. While the results show there are still model improvements that can be made, this thesis hopes to be a stepping stone for future analyses for FSI MAV simulations.

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Department or Program

Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

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