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Entomopter Maneuverability Exchanged by Deformations Control of Flexible Flapping Wings

In the background of preparing this paper lies our believe that transferring ideas from the more matured disciple like aircraft technology to emerging animal technology should be beneficial for the later one and vice-versa. One integrated idea, of special interest to both disciplines, is the active flexible wing concept. In this paper we developed aeroelastic analysis for a flexible wing for an imposed harmonic flapping motion about the root chord of the wing. A Matlab code was written based on the analysis. This code was used to find the average lift and thrust of a wing of known aerodynamic and structural properties.