NASA and MIT have designed and are now testing a radically new kind of airplane wing, assembled from hundreds of tiny identical pieces. The wing can change in shape to adjust the flight dynamics of the plane as well as be a significant boost to the maintenance efficiency as well as flight and production.
The new wing approach to construction could allow greater flexibility in the design and manufacturing of aircraft in the future. With the new designed wing being tested in the wind tunnels of NASA, the options for it use and flexibility continue to present themselves.
Instead of having moving pieces attached to them wing as we now see in construction – ailerons – as they are called move as separate parts attached to the back of current wings in production The new wing would be able to, as one piece, change its shape with either the entire wing or parts of it changing shape.
More importantly this new wing is lighter and gives the manufacturer more shapes to work with, while the overall end product will allow for a more flexible configuration of the plane – it will be a lighter and more efficient aircraft.
This new wing will be able to distribute stress to various parts of the surface which would result in longer use of the wing, bringing down manufacturing costs in the long-term.