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Bachelor of Arts


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E. Carr Everbach


Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) is an emerging method of extracting clean energy from high altitude airstreams with tethered kites, but inflated kites presently lack actuators to control lift and roll. Inverting wings show promise at providing both forms of maneuverability and have so far been researched to validate lift vector manipulation. This capstone project aims to demonstrate the applicability of inverting wings to roll control by segmenting an inflated wing into sections with independent inversion control, inducing a roll moment. The preliminary results from this novel wing design suggest that double inversion does indeed facilitate roll control, but further roll analysis is required using automated inversion torque motors. All other structural, functional, weight savings, and cost reduction designs in the inverting wing, its wing mount setup, and the force-moment measurement system performed nominally.

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