Mechanical Intelligence in Millimeter-Scale Machines

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Title: Mechanical Intelligence in Millimeter-Scale Machines
Author: Sreetharan, Pratheev Sabaratnam
Citation: Sreetharan, Pratheev Sabaratnam. 2012. Mechanical Intelligence in Millimeter-Scale Machines. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University.
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Abstract: Advances in millimeter-scale fabrication processes have enabled rapid progress towards the development of flapping wing micro air vehicles with wing spans of several centimeters and a system mass on the order of 100mg. Concerning flight stability and control mechanisms for these mass and power limited devices, this dissertation explores the use of underactuated “mechanically intelligent” systems to passively regulate forces and torques encountered during flight. Several experiments demonstrate passive torque regulation in physical flapping wing systems. Finally, this dissertation concludes with a detailed description of the Printed Circuit MEMS manufacturing process, developed to address the practical problem of building complex insect-scale machines.
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