Aircraft Wing Technology Radically Change


Aircraft Wing Technology Radically Change

We often hear about new findings in the world of science that scientists say will radically change the course of that particular field. There are so many different fields under the broad umbrella of the subject of science. Two of them are biology and aeronautics, two branches of science that are starkly contrasting from each other, but not wholly incomparable. Taking a look at particular areas of both fields, we will make a comparison that will radically change the design of an aircraft to make its wings more flexible and morphable. Nick Cramer was one of the scientists who conducted the following revolutionary study, along with a few other research engineers, such as Kenneth Cheung. The study aimed to bring down costs of production of airplanes, as well as make them more compact and optimized.

The Connection Between Aeronautics And Biology

Aircraft Wing Technology Radically Changing As A Result Of Bird Wing Biology
Aircraft Wing Technology Radically Change

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, much more commonly known as NASA, has already been researching how to make aircraft wings more flexible. The frontline of this research is first to study birds’ wings and how they work, and then use those concepts and apply that logic to construct the new planes for the future. In this way, we look at the biology of aerial creatures and apply that science to the physics of airplanes. The biology we are talking about, as well as its radically changing relation to humanmade flying objects with wings, is as follows.

How Do Birds Fly And Cruise?

When birds fly, they flap their wings, which gives them the momentum to lift themselves into the air and also remain there. When the bird has reached the height or speed, or both, that it feels satisfied with, it begins to cruise. When cruising, birds lock their shoulders and leave their wings in the air at an angle of 180 degrees. This resembles, sort of, the position in which the wings of an aircraft permanently are. In other words, the bird adjusts its wings after locking its shoulders to remain at the same level in the sky as well as at the same speed. Using this concept in the technology of an airplane’s wings can radically change the face of aeronautical engineering.

Radically Change: How Have Aircraft Wings Been Modified To Be Like A Bird’s?

Aircraft Wing Technology Radically Change
Aircraft Wing Technology Radically Change

Aircraft generally have very sturdy wings that remain in place, as you would notice when you look at a plane. What the research engineers at NASA have now done is something very similar to what birds’ wings are like. The wings in airplanes now are different from the wings in planes earlier. The new wings are more morphable and flexible. This means that the wings do not remain of the same shape as they fly, and are somewhat flexible in their movements. Researchers have created these new wings using fiber reinforcing polyetherimide, which the engineers inject into a mold. The mold is small, and it is essential to put multiple of the injections together to create the giant structure, which will be the result of a radically changed aircraft wing.

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