Seminar - From Insects to MAV - the Next Grand Challenge in Aerodynamic Designs by Prof. George Huang
Date: 10 December 2012 (Monday)
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Venue: EF305, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
The mission of the Center of Micro Air Vehicle Studies is the advancement of technologies and methodologies for development of bio-inspired MAV. The MAV potentially has a variety of civilian as well as military uses too difficult or dangerous for humans, from searching buildings or caves for terrorists to probing damaged nuclear power plants for radiation leaks or collapsed mine shafts for survivors. However, there are at least 8 inter-connected scientific disciplines within the MAV design trade space: airframe & structures, aerodynamics, navigation, feedback & control, materials, sensors & actuators, propulsion & power, and communications. Our understanding of the fundamental flight aerodynamics for MAV is limited. Traditional fixed wing flight concepts begin to fail as the flow dynamics enter a regime of bird-sized flights. The small scale of such vehicles poses a need for a dramatic change in the air vehicle design paradigm, one as great as that faced by the Wright Brothers in which they identified that control was the missing link in a workable aircraft. This new paradigm is simultaneous multi-disciplinary design of integrated multi-functional components and systems.
Prof. George Huang is Professor and Chair in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Wright State University (WSU). He did his undergraduate degree at Chung Yuan University in Taiwan, MS in Canada (McGill University) and PhD from Manchester, England (UMIST). After finishing his PhD in 1986, Dr. Huang joined Michigan Technology University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In 1989, he moved to California to join NASA-Ames to pursue his interests in high-speed flow research related to the National Aero Space Plane (NASP). After seven years at NASA, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky as an Associate Professor and was subsequently promoted to full Professor in 2002. In 2006, Dr. Huang joined Wright State University as the chair of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department.