NASA and MIT researchers conducted
A team of engineers from the American National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Nicholas Cramer, who works as a research engineer at NASA, has published the article on the subject in Smart Materials and Structures. The already used wings have independently movable surfaces, while the newly developed blade system can be completely deformed due to its flexible and rigid structure.
According to the survey, the wings are made of metal or composite materials, and they are much lighter than the standard standard conventional designs and can have a significant impact on energy efficiency during flights. According to the article, the density of the rubber per cubic meter is 1500 kilograms, while the density of the cage created for the new wing type is 5.6 kilograms per cubic meter.
Benjamin Jenett, from the research team, underlined that the optimum wing parameters for each phase of a standard air flight, such as take-off, landing, maneuver or straight-line, are different, therefore, the existing wings are designed according to an average, not according to a specific parameter. However, since the newly developed blade technology can be deformed, it is possible to obtain the maximum efficiency for each phase of the flight.
Newly developed wings were tested in a NASA wind tunnel. The first developed wing is similar to a model aircraft wing; The second wing, developed, has the wing size of a single passenger plane. The fact that the developed wings can be used actively in aircraft will significantly reduce both aircraft production and flight costs.