Design of Wings for Jump Gliding in a Biped Robot

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This thesis aims to design of wings for a laminate biped robot for providing locomotion stabilization during jump gliding. The wings are designed to collapse down during the jumping phase

This thesis aims to design of wings for a laminate biped robot for providing locomotion stabilization during jump gliding. The wings are designed to collapse down during the jumping phase to maximize jump height and deployed back for gliding phase using anisotropic buckling in tape spring hinges. The project aims to develop a reliable dynamics model which can be utilized for design and evaluation of optimized systems for jump-gliding. The aerodynamic simulations are run on a vortex-lattice code which provides numeric simulations of the defined geometric bodies. The aerodynamic simulations assist in improving the design parameters such as planform, camber and twist to achieve the best possible Coefficient of Lift for maximizing glide distance. The aerodynamic simulation output is then plugged into a dynamics model built in Python, which is validated and correlated with experimental testing of a key wing designs. The experimental results are then utilized to improve the dynamics model and obtain better designs for improved performance. The simulation model informs the aerodynamic design of wings for sustaining glide for the biped platform and maximizing glide length to increase range.