With the increasing need of micro‐air‐vehicles (MAVs) and advances in MAV technology, Coandă MAVs offer new promises and challenges. In this context, Coandă MAVs capabilities are analyzed. As a baseline, a mathematical model for a spherical Coandă MAV in hover and translatory motion is developed and analyzed from first physical principles. A computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulations for a Coandă MAV generic model are carried out to assess the theoretical prediction and obtaining further physical insight on the Coandă MAV flow physics. The mathematical model and performance measures are developed to assess the capability of the semi‐spherical Coandă MAV in performing effective flight as an aerial robotic platform, as indicated by the relationships between the relevant parameters of the mathematical model of the Coandă MAV to its system of flight forces.
Part of the book: Aerial Robots