Morphing Wing Design and Wind Tunnel Testing

The main scope of this project was exploring the use of macro fiber composite (MFC) actuators integrated to the skin of a wing for changing its shape to the degree required for tailoring its performance.

  • To this aim, an airfoil model was designed and constructed that has a flexible upper skin whose shape can be changed by MFC actuators bonded to its inner side.
  • Preliminary wind-tunnel measurements indicate a good behavior of the skin at freestream velocities up to 15 m/s and that the shaping by MFC actuators can be used for tailoring the aerodynamic performance of an airfoil.

Airflow over the Morphing Wing Model


Advisor: Dr. Marco Debiasi

Temasek Labs, National University of Singapore

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