The ornithopter project has provided numerous thesis topics for students. The scope and complexity of the problem has encompassed, for example, theoretical and experimental studies of unsteady aerodynamics, aeroelastic tailoring, and flight dynamics. Theses addressing these, and other related topics, are listed below:
"The Structural Testing and Modification of a Full-Scale Ornithopter's Wing Spars", by Felix Mehler, 1997.
"The Design and Development of a Wing for a Full-Scale Piloted Engine-Powered Flapping-Wing Aircraft (Ornithopter)" by Stuart Fowler, 1995.
"The Flight Dynamics of a Full-Scale Ornithopter" by Tahir Rashid, 1995.
"A Dynamic Analysis and Feasibility Study of a Full-Scale Ornithopter's Take-Off Procedure" by Todd Machacek, 1995.
"An Experimental Investigation into the Sliding Friction on the Shearflexing Ornithopter Wing" by Christopher Turner, 1995.
"Designing an Ornithopter Drive Train" by Constantin Tzmbelicos, 1994.
"Full-Scale Ornithopter Wing Design and Testing" by Mark Suppanz, 1994.
"Thrust Experiments on a Flapping Wing" by Henry Kwok, 1990.
"Design and Development of Optimized Ornithopter Wings" by Darius Mavalwala, 1989.
"A Study of the Aeroelastic Deformation of a Flexible Wing under a Dynamic Load" by Christopher Lewis, 1988.
This is a list of reviewed journal articles describing the theoretical and experimental research leading to the ornithopter's wing design.
A Nonlinear Aeroelastic Model for the Study of Flapping Wing Flight
Development and Testing of a Full-Scale Ornithopter
Ornithopter Wing Design
Study of Mechanical Flapping-Wing Flight
Development of an Efficient Ornithopter Wing
Aerodynamic Model for Flapping-Wing Flight
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