Leading-edge vortices in insect flight

@article{Ellington1996LeadingedgeVI,
  title={Leading-edge vortices in insect flight},
  author={C. Ellington and C. V. D. Berg and A. P. Willmott and A. Thomas},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1996},
  volume={384},
  pages={626-630}
}
  • C. Ellington, C. V. D. Berg, +1 author A. Thomas
  • Published 1996
  • Nature
  • INSECTS cannot fly, according to the conventional laws of aerodynamics: during flapping flight, their wings produce more lift than during steady motion at the same velocities and angles of attack1–5. Measured instantaneous lift forces also show qualitative and quantitative disagreement with the forces predicted by conventional aerodynamic theories6–9. The importance of high-life aerodynamic mechanisms is now widely recognized but, except for the specialized fling mechanism used by some insect… CONTINUE READING
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