Abstract

We use integrated piezoelectric actuators and sensors to demonstrate the propulsive force produced by controllable transverse traveling waves in a thin plastic sheet suspended in air above a flat surface, thus confirming the physical basis for a flying carpet near a horizontal surface. Experiments are conducted to determine the dependence of the force on the height above the ground and the amplitude of the traveling wave, which qualitatively confirm previous theoretical predictions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number114102
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume99
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 12 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Traveling wave-induced aerodynamic propulsive forces using piezoelectrically deformed substrates'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this