Hummingbird-Inspired Wing Drive Mechanism

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2007-08-21
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Rich, Debra
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Hummingbirds have very distinct and unique flying characteristics which are unlike that of any other bird. While the hummingbird flaps its wings, it simultaneously feathers or rotates its wings in order to attain its hovering ability. The main goal of this project is to come up with a novel and simple design for an ornithopter that is capable of generating the same wing motion as a hummingbird. In designing this mechanism, different components such as gears, joints, actuators and structural supports were considered in order to obtain a fully functioning mechanism.
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