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Measurements in vivo: the fluid mechanics of insects in flight

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When animals fly, they must overcome the same physical challenges that face manmade vehicles yet their solutions are often remarkably different. Recent advances in experimental and computational fluid mechanics have enhanced our understanding of how aerial and aquatic animals interact with the fluid through which they move. I will give an overview of the aspects of my research programme that investigate how insect wing designs, and the kinematic patterns they use, relate to flight performance in terms of aerobatic agility, force production and flight efficiency.

This talk is part of the Fluid Mechanics (CUED) series.

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