Composite FishBAC device developed by the University of Bristol

The University of Bristol is currently developing a composite variable camber morphing device for airplane wings. To calibrate the actuation mechanism and characterise the structural behaviour of the FishBAC, researchers used Imetrum's UVX Flexi system to measure the transverse displacement. Andrés Rivero, PhD student at the Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS) considers the Imetrum system a powerful tool to perform the experiments: "The Video GaugeTM software allows us to capture deformed shapes - in two different planes - without having to apply a speckle pattern to the wing's surface. Because the FishBAC's skin is transparent and elastic, speckling becomes a difficult task. The UVX Flexi system is ideal when displacements need to be obtained, as it is easy to set up, requires no stereo calibration, and data post-processing can be performed with any calculation and graphing software."

An article, Structural characterization of a composite FishBAC morphing trailing-edge device, has been published in JEC Composites Magazine issue 128 about the research.

Andrés took part in the Composites Challenge at JEC World in March highlighting the features and benefits of the FishBAC camber morphing device for fixed-wing applications. The Composites Challenge is a competition for PhD students selected for the quality of their research work in the field of composites.