A dandelion-inspired insect-scale drone

The aim of the project is to investigate, through bio-inspired research at the interface between fluid mechanics and micro-robotics, the design of a micro drone that exploits wind gusts to stay afloat. Recent work led by Viola and published in Nature (https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-018-0604-2), reveals that the dandelion exploits a highly porous wing to form a fluid vortex, which has never been observed before, and that slows down its descent velocity. The aim of this project is to translate this biological findings in a man-made drone with unprecedented endurance. 

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Saturday, June 10, 2023

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Minimum entry qualification - an Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or International equivalent) in a relevant science or engineering discipline, possibly supported by an MSc Degree. Further information on English language requirements for EU/Overseas applicants.

The applicant should have an undergraduate degree in Mathematics, Physics, Engineering or equivalent, and a solid fluid mechanics background at undergraduate level.  
Applicants from underrepresented groups and that would contribute to improve diversity within VOILAb are particularly encouraged to apply.  


See https://voilab.eng.ed.ac.uk/phd for further information. 

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