Virginia Tech

Modeling the Bat Wing

If it worked for Bruce Wayne, why not engineering professors? Researchers at Virginia Tech have taken fruit bat wing measurements to create a computer representation of wing motion and airflow that they hope to use for developing robotic vehicles that fly in a similar fashion.

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CFD Simulation Helps Mini-Drones Take Off

There’s been plenty of controversy over the use of drones lately — even toy drones aren’t immune.  That debate will likely get more heated as drone technology continues to get smaller and smarter.

The Air Force, for instance, is paying $3.5 million to Virginia Tech professor Wu-chun Fengto develop micro-air vehicles (MAVs), tiny drones that can do reconnaissance.

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Engineering Students Take EcoCAR Challenge

The U.S. Department of Energy is keen to see more environmental improvements in the auto industry, and is once again giving eager engineering students a chance to tackle the problem of creating environmentally friendly, commercially viable cars via its EcoCAR competition.

Announced in the spring at the SAE 2011 World Congress, EcoCAR 2: Plugging into the Future pits 15 university teams against each other in a three-year engineering competition to reduce the environmental impact of an existing vehicle without compromising performance, safety, or consumer acceptability. Winners are vying for $100,000 in cash prizes. Continue reading


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