Bat wing structures important for aerodynamics and rigidity (Mammalia, chiroptera)

@article{Norberg2004BatWS,
  title={Bat wing structures important for aerodynamics and rigidity (Mammalia, chiroptera)},
  author={Ulla M. Lindhe Norberg},
  journal={Zeitschrift f{\"u}r Morphologie der Tiere},
  year={2004},
  volume={73},
  pages={45-61}
}
  • U. Norberg
  • Published 1 March 1972
  • Biology
  • Zeitschrift für Morphologie der Tiere
SummaryFrom comparisons between bat wing structures and aerofoils and high-lift devices with known aerodynamic data, from the aeronautical literature, deductions are made regarding the function of some bat wing structures. Special arrangements in the hand wing add to rigidity and reduce the demands for powerful muscles and thick digits, thereby reducing the mass of the wing.1.The anterior part of the wing, formed by the membrane parts anterior to the arm and third digit, is proportionally broad… 
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