The main objective of this project is to study and develop a novel morphing system which integrates up to four different morphing mechanisms into in a single wing and to demonstrate this new ability in flight. This system would take advantage of all the performance improvements achieved by adopting its wing shape according to the mission requirements of each flight phase. Therefore, this project envisions to mitigate the required energy (and thus fuel consumption) to maintain the aircraft’s flight and to perform the necessary flight maneuvers by offering the capacity to mold the exterior of the aircraft in order to reduce for example the suffered drag, etc… and by enhancing the necessary aspect of flight so as to lessen the required energy, such as lift over drag
ratio, efficiency in aerodynamic control, lower stall velocity or to change to a better planform to perform a required maneuver. In order to prepare the basis for an eventual cognitive morphing on-board controller which ability is focused in the autonomous control of all morphing system of the wing, it is necessary to develop a software that is capable of rendering the most efficient morphed wing based on the information of the current flight phase. This software would therefore, be able to conduct an assessment of the
introduced flight conditions of the wing and display the accordant morphed wing (using a database with all current morphing systems) capable to fly with the highest performance.