Ornithopter model EV4
- first flight
- wing span
- wing loading
- aspect ratio
- 3.06 m
- 4.8 kg
- 5.7 kg/sqm
- [120 in]
- [169 oz]
The arm and hand wing sections were actively pitch controlled separately from the drive at the relevant section root. The arm wings were rigid. The hand wings should be twisted aeroelastic. The twisting of the hand wing was appropriate for gliding.
1. Start preliminary
The pitch of the hand wing could be modified in a small range.
At the wing root fairing one can see the high camber of the
2. Flight photographs
EV4 with stepped wing twisting
.. at the downstroke of the wing. The torsion of the arm and hand wing is good too seen.
EV4 in flight, during wing down stroke
In the area of the hand wing you can see a small aeroelastic twisting.
During powered flight, the twisting of the hand wings has been too small. During the downstroke, especially near the wing tips, the angle of incidence were not enough negative. But at that time, definite theoretical instruction about the distribution of this angle along the span was missing (e.g. 2001, handbook, chapter 6.5 to 6.7).
There is also a video from the model EV4.
3. Driving mechanism
From right towards left in the picture:
- Drive unit with a cardan gear mechanism. It is the same like in the model EV1. Main and control pins are provided with sliding blocks of polyamide. For specification of the cardan gear mechanism please look at the Report about the development of the EV-models. You also can see an animation of the cardan gear mechanism.
- Main frame of the mechanism with side panels of rigid foam to adjust to the surface of the fuselage also made of rigid foam rings.
- Sloped control scotch yoke, made of 1 mm epoxy plates and slide of steel. The slot is at an angle with the axis of the slider like the path line of the control crank pin in the glide situation.
- 2 rods with spherical bearings
- Lever arms to control the inner wing pitch, mounts onto the wing axis.
- Wing axis was made of 6 mm spring steel, offset for a favourable fuselage-wing transition.
- Wing adapter rollers made of rigid foam and plywood and covered with epoxy-glass laminate, each with two inner 45 mm long lever arms.
- 4 plywood linkages
Swing(frame of plywood) with the pressure vessel (about 5 bar) for the pneumatically spring made of epoxy-glass laminate. Ahead the frame is made of the main scotch yoke. At it are mounted the bearings for the control scotch yoke.
- Cylinder or support ring made of epoxy-glass laminate, for the long-stroke bellows-like rolling-diaphragm below.
- The piston of the pneumatic spring stands at the bottom of the fuselage and is not shown here.
The linkage for an active twisting of the wings is good to see:
- - from the control scotch yoke,
- - over the rods with spherical bearings,
- - to the inner pitch lever arm of the wing shaft,
- - to the outer pitch lever arm of the wing shaft.
The relative motion between the wing root and the wing root fairing more over was used, via a linkage in the arm wing, to actively twist the hand wing root.
to the flapping-wing driving mechanism of the ornithopter model EV4.
without the driving mechanism.
The horizontal slotted main scotch yoke (with slide of steel) is good to see. The inclined slide of the control scotch yoke behind this is recognizable.
There is visible the opening for the piston of the long-stroke rolling diaphragm. It stands at the bottom of the fuselage.
4. Video of the EV4 (1979)
Though the powered flights took somewhat longer than on the EV1, all in all only about five flights had been completed - a little sparse for the work in years. But there had been just too many ideas for further improvements.
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