Aeromechanics of Bat Flight: From Live Animals to Robotic Models

Speaker: Kenny Breuer, Brown University

When: April 12, 2016 (Tue), 03:30PM to 04:30PM (add to my calendar)
Location: SCI 109
Hosted by: Rama Bansil
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This event is part of the Physics Department Colloquia Series.

The elegance and maneuverability of bats during flight is unparalleled in both the natural and the man-made world, and they serve as a source of inspiration for scientists trying to understand the evolution of flight and for engineers designing highly agile Micro Air Vehicles. We have been exploring this rich research area for several years with studies ranging from live animal flights to instrumented robotic wings, In this talk we will discuss several aspects of bat flight mechanics and energetics, including characteristics of their flight performance, the role played by their compliant wing membrane and articulated skeleton, and the structure of the wake