Morphing air scoop

A novel deployable bistable morphing structure

The morphing air scoop essentially consists of three main components: A deployable structure that deflects the airflow into the aircraft, a tube-like component to manage the airflow inside the aircraft and a structure to integrate these two components into the aircraft skin. In its retracted state the air scoop must be as flush as possible with the external aircraft skin to minimise aerodynamic drag. The air scoop must be able to maintain this flush geometry whilst being subject to aerodynamic loads. Once actuated the air scoop must move into its deployed shape and remain in this state without further actuation. The basic principle could be applied to any bistable actuator for a variety of applications on land, sea or air.

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