Gupta, Bruck, Bejgerowski, Gerdes, Wilkerson win ASME Best Paper Award

Gupta, Bruck, Bejgerowski, Gerdes, Wilkerson win ASME Best Paper Award

The MAV assembly described in the paper. The MAV assembly described in the paper.

Maryland Robotics Center Director and Professor S.K. Gupta (ME/ISR) and four of his colleagues have won the Best Paper Award in the complaint mechanism category at the 34th ASME Mechanism and Robotics Conference.

"Design and Fabrication of a Multi-Material Compliant Flapping Wing Drive Mechanism for Miniature Air Vehicles" details design and fabrication methods for creating a multi-material compliant mechanism to realize a micro air vehicle (MAV) drive. Gupta's co-authors are his Ph.D. student Wojciech Bejgerowski; his former student and recent M.S. graduate John Gerdes (now at the Army Research Laboratory); Professor Hugh Bruck (ME); and Stephen Wilkerson of the Army Research Laboratory.

The mechanism described in the paper was implemented in a successfully flying MAV prototype, and the methods described by the paper are applicable to any light-weight, load-bearing compliant mechanism manufactured using multi-material injection molding.

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August 25, 2010


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