At first glance it may seem that the wingsplanes are made extremely simple. However, inside them there is a complex system of wires and motors for controlling flaps and other mechanical elements. The complex structure directly affects the cost of aircraft, the duration of their assembly and the complexity of maintenance. To lower the cost of the aircraft, the NASA space agency and researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology presented a simplified wing design that does not have separate moving elements, and is entirely flexible and adaptive to any load.
The structure of the new generation of wings representsis a collection of thousands of tiny triangles and has a lot of empty space. Due to its lightness and flexibility, numerous engines are not needed to deform the wing - the system itself responds to changes in aerodynamic pressure. To make the wings react correctly to different loads, the researchers carefully worked on their position and gave the spacers different flexibility.
Through the use of lightweight materialsWings obtained are not as heavy as conventional metal and composite wings. Consequently, they require less energy, which is also a huge plus for the aircraft in which they will be used. The absence of ailerons and other elements to change direction, in turn, promises to significantly reduce the cost and duration of development.
The new wing design has already been tested inwind tunnel. Do you think the new wings will be used in real planes? Write your estate in the comments, or in our Telegram-chat.