Differential pressure distribution measurement for the development of insect-sized wings

Hidetoshi Takahashi, Kiyoshi Matsumoto, Isao Shimoyama

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This paper reports on the measurement of the differential pressure distribution over a flat, thin wing using a micro-electro-mechanical systems sensor. Sensors featuring a piezoresistive cantilever were attached to a polyimide/Cu wing. Because the weight of the cantilever element was less than 10 ng, the sensor can measure the differential pressure without interference from inertial forces, such as wing flapping motions. The dimensions of the sensor chips and the wing were 1.0 mm × 1.0 mm × 0.3 mm and 100 mm × 30 mm × 1 mm, respectively. The differential pressure distribution along the wing's chord direction was measured in a wind tunnel at an air velocity of 4.0 m s-1 by changing the angle of attack. It was confirmed that the pressure coefficient calculated by the measured differential pressure distribution was similar to the value measured by a load cell.

Original languageEnglish
Article number055304
JournalMeasurement Science and Technology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2013 May
Externally publishedYes


  • differential pressure distribution
  • insect-sized wing
  • piezoresistive cantilever
  • sensor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Mathematics


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