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dc.contributor.advisorStengel, Robert-
dc.contributor.authorQin, Allen-
dc.description.abstractA submersible aircraft has a large variety of envisioned applications: environmental research, search-and-rescue, surveillance, military defense, etc. Although there have been some success in submersible rotorcraft designs, no successful fixed-wing designs have been demonstrated. Follow-ing bio-inspiration from aquatic diving birds such as the cormorant, a folding wing mechanism is identified as a solution for the large hydrodynamic drag given by the large wingspan of conventional aircraft. The actuation mechanism utilizes a pair of four-bar linkages to constrain the motion of three primary joints to one, allowing for the full contraction and extension of the wing to be actuated by a single servomotor. The mechanism is supported within a detailed, original submersible fuselage design. Although the full manufacture of the design was not attempted, the folding wing mechanism and its integration with a submersible fuselage was conceptually validated by the physical demonstration of a positive result.en_US
dc.format.extent64 pages*
dc.titleDesign of a Folding-Wing Submersible Aircraften_US
dc.typePrinceton University Senior Theses-
pu.departmentMechanical and Aerospace Engineeringen_US
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