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Journal of Control Science and EngineeringVolume 2010 2010, Article ID 643045, 10 pages

Research Article

Department of Electrotechnical Engineering, Institute of Engineering of Coimbra, Rua Pedro Nunes, Quinta da Nora, 3030-199 Coimbra, Portugal

Department of Electrotechnical Engineering, Institute of Engineering of Porto, Rua Dr. António Bernardino de Almeida, 4200-072 Porto, Portugal

Received 19 December 2009; Revised 31 March 2010; Accepted 10 June 2010

Academic Editor: Seul Jung

Copyright © 2010 Micael S. Couceiro et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Dragonflies demonstrate unique and superior flight performances than most of the other insect species and birds. They are equipped with two pairs of independently controlled wings granting an unmatchable flying performance and robustness. In this paper, the dynamics of a dragonfly-inspired robot is studied. The system performance is analyzed in terms of time response and robustness. The development of computational simulation based on the dynamics of the robotic dragonfly allows the test of different control algorithms. We study different movements, the dynamics, and the level of dexterity in wing motion of the dragonfly. The results are positive for the construction of flying platforms that effectively mimic the kinematics and dynamics of dragonflies and potentially exhibit superior flight performance than existing flying platforms.

Autor: Micael S. Couceiro, N. M. Fonseca Ferreira, and J. A. Tenreiro Machado



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