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Actuator and Sensor System Integration for a six-flapped ying wing


Timon Achtnich, Bühler, Lukas

Semester Thesis, HS 11 (10119)

This thesis is part of the Smart Airfoil project, a collaborative, highly interdisciplinary research project of ETH. The Smart Airfoil project is concerned with research in the field of morphing wings. Its aim is to develop integrated, structurally adaptive systems for shape changing load-carrying structures and to enable airfoil morphing in aircraft wings. Currently, the project focuses on using airfoil morphing along the span-wise direction of the main lifting surface of a rigid wing aircraft. From the control engineers perspective the interesting question arises, how to control the large number of degrees of freedom of a fixed wing that can vary the shape of the airfoil along span-wise direction. The aim of this thesis is the integration of actuators and sensors in a six- apped ying wing called "Taborca". The ying wing is considered a test platform to investigate various controller strategies for the Smart Airfoil project. A major objective of this thesis was the evaluation of sensors and actuators and the development of corresponding hardware and software. An existing IMU platform for unmanned areal vehicles had to be adapted and integrated for its operation in the "Taborca" ying wing. Since this platform is intended to be used in normal RC-airplanes, it had to be adapted in terms of control signals and strategies in order to operate in the six- apped ying wing. For controller input and data evaluation, additional sensors were integrated, such as a pitot tube for measuring airspeed. Sensor signals had to be ltered analogically to guarantee correct sensor data.


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(13)Semester/Bachelor Thesis

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