Unsteady Aerodynamics At Low Reynolds Numbers for Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) Applications
Dilek Funda Kurtuluş
Abstract: Air vehicles remotely piloted or having an autopilot are generally defined as unmanned air vehicles (UAV). Unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) can be used both for civilian and military applications. They could have different missions according to their civil or military usage such as ground surveillance, payload or cargo carriers, traffic control, and geological surveying applications. Micro Air Vehicles (MAV) are small kind of unmanned air vehicles (UAV) which are less than 15 cm in length. Since MAVs are very small in size and operate at low airspeed and low Reynolds Number compared to a conventional aircraft, the aerodynamics of MAVs are completely different from the conventional aircraft. MAVs operate at low Reynolds Number. Micro air vehicles can be classified into three as fixed wing, rotary wing and flapping wing configurations which imitates flight of birds and/or insects.
Reminder: Tea and cookies will be in the seminar room before the seminar.