Comparative aerodynamic performance of flapping flight in two bat species using time-resolved wake visualization.

@article{Muijres2011ComparativeAP,
  title={Comparative aerodynamic performance of flapping flight in two bat species using time-resolved wake visualization.},
  author={Florian T. Muijres and L Christoffer Johansson and York Winter and Anders Hedenstr{\"o}m},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Society, Interface},
  year={2011},
  volume={8 63},
  pages={1418-28}
}
Bats are unique among extant actively flying animals in having very flexible wings, controlled by multi-jointed fingers. This gives the potential for fine-tuned active control to optimize aerodynamic performance throughout the wingbeat and thus a more efficient flight. But how bat wing performance scales with size, morphology and ecology is not yet known. Here, we present time-resolved fluid wake data of two species of bats flying freely across a range of flight speeds using stereoscopic… CONTINUE READING
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