Kinematics of dragonfly (Sympetrum flaveolum) flight

Y. H. Chen, Y. Zhao, W. M. Huang, D. W. Shu

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Abstract

The kinematics of the flapping flight of the dragonfly Sympetrum flaveolum is investigated. The flapping patterns of the hindwing are recorded and studied thoroughly using a high speed video camera with the highest shuttle speed and resolution as reported so far on study of insect flights. The overall results indicate that the flapping pattern of a dragonfly hindwing at the nodus and the pterostigma can be either a simple figure-eight or a double figure-eight, which is a new discovery. The angle of attack and the wing attitude are studied quantitatively. The relative position of the leading edge and trailing edge implies the presence of lift-enhancing mechanisms after stroke reversal. It is also found that the spanwise leading edge spar of a dragonfly wing is not one rigid piece, but two pieces hinged at the nodus with physical constraint of forty degrees. The elastic modulus of the costa of a hindwing is estimated through vibration tests using a vibrometer.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication6th World Congress of Biomechanics, WCB 2010 - In Conjunction with 14th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, ICBME and 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Biomechanics, APBiomech
Pages56-59
Number of pages4
Volume31 IFMBE
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event6th World Congress of Biomechanics, WCB 2010 - In Conjunction with 14th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, ICBME and 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Biomechanics, APBiomech - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: Aug 1 2010Aug 6 2010

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Other6th World Congress of Biomechanics, WCB 2010 - In Conjunction with 14th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, ICBME and 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Biomechanics, APBiomech
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period8/1/108/6/10

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Kinematics
High speed cameras
Video cameras
Angle of attack
Elastic moduli

Keywords

  • dragonfly
  • flapping trajectory
  • kinematics
  • nodus mobility
  • trailing edge movement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Bioengineering

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Chen, Y. H., Zhao, Y., Huang, W. M., & Shu, D. W. (2010). Kinematics of dragonfly (Sympetrum flaveolum) flight. In 6th World Congress of Biomechanics, WCB 2010 - In Conjunction with 14th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, ICBME and 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Biomechanics, APBiomech (Vol. 31 IFMBE, pp. 56-59) https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-14515-5_15

Kinematics of dragonfly (Sympetrum flaveolum) flight. / Chen, Y. H.; Zhao, Y.; Huang, W. M.; Shu, D. W.

6th World Congress of Biomechanics, WCB 2010 - In Conjunction with 14th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, ICBME and 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Biomechanics, APBiomech. Vol. 31 IFMBE 2010. p. 56-59.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Chen, YH, Zhao, Y, Huang, WM & Shu, DW 2010, Kinematics of dragonfly (Sympetrum flaveolum) flight. in 6th World Congress of Biomechanics, WCB 2010 - In Conjunction with 14th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, ICBME and 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Biomechanics, APBiomech. vol. 31 IFMBE, pp. 56-59, 6th World Congress of Biomechanics, WCB 2010 - In Conjunction with 14th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, ICBME and 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Biomechanics, APBiomech, Singapore, Singapore, 8/1/10. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-14515-5_15
Chen YH, Zhao Y, Huang WM, Shu DW. Kinematics of dragonfly (Sympetrum flaveolum) flight. In 6th World Congress of Biomechanics, WCB 2010 - In Conjunction with 14th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, ICBME and 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Biomechanics, APBiomech. Vol. 31 IFMBE. 2010. p. 56-59 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-14515-5_15
Chen, Y. H. ; Zhao, Y. ; Huang, W. M. ; Shu, D. W. / Kinematics of dragonfly (Sympetrum flaveolum) flight. 6th World Congress of Biomechanics, WCB 2010 - In Conjunction with 14th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, ICBME and 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Biomechanics, APBiomech. Vol. 31 IFMBE 2010. pp. 56-59
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