Students

Luke Duffield
MS Mechanical Engineering
duffieldluke@yahoo.com

Luke is using surrogate modeling to find flapping patterns that produce maximum lift and thrust.  This approach will reduce the expense of testing with physical hardware.

Steve Naegle
MS Mechanical Engineering
stevenaegle@me.com

Using particle image velocimetry (PIV), Steve is studying the lift-generating structures created by a flapping-wing mechanism in a water tunnel. His research hopes to quantify the accuracy of PIV lift predictions and to explore the effects of wing rigidity on the performance of a flapping wing.

Michael Wilcox
MS Mechanical Engineering
michaelswilcox@gmail.com

Ryan Anderson
BS Mechanical Engineering
ryan.anderson987@gmail.com

 

Former Members:

Ryan George
MS Mechanical Engineering
ryanbgeorge@gmail.com

Using high speed imaging equipment, Ryan is able to map the wing trajectory of a ladybug during takeoff. Using a custom designed flapping wing mechanism and hardware-in-the-loop optimization, his research hopes to find an optimal flapping trajectory to be used by micro air vehicles.

Mike Tree
BS Mechanical Engineering
treem22@gmail.com