Experts in flexible wing design analysis and optimisation.
Aircraft wings are light-weight structures, that tend to deflect and bend in flight. By designing wings with flexibility in mind right from the start, the wing shape can be tailored for different flight conditions. The weight and drag can be reduced and the external loads can be controlled, leading to improved performance.
DaptaBlade has developed a flexible wing technology (patent pending), which can be integrated into current drone wings to improve the aeroelastic efficiency, by reducing aerodynamic drag and/or the wing weight by up to 20%.
The tailored wing sections passively change the shape of the wing as a function of the flight speed and of the pitch angle, which results in beneficial changes in the wing load distribution.
The technology concept was demonstrated in the lab at the University of Bristol in 2018 and free-flight tests are planned for mid-2019 to quantify the key benefits.
Founder & CEO
Dr Olivia Stodieck has over 10 years experience in the commercial aerospace sector, working in industry and in research, with a focus on wing design and analysis. She was awarded a 2019 QTEC enterprise fellowship at the University of Bristol to support her in bringing leading-edge aerospace technology to a wide user community.