Fluid Mechanics Technical Committee News

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Learning from the dragonfly to engineer better flight

Can the ability of the dragonfly to hover and maneuver provide insight for designing aircraft of the future? Professor Wang of Cornell University studies the physical principle of flapping flight to gain insights into the efficiency of flight found in nature. Please see the following articles for additional details:
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When Efficient Flight is a Drag
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Scientist Uses Dragonflies to Better Understand Flight

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