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Flight of the dragonflies and damselflies

Bomphrey, Richard J.; Nakata, Toshiyuki; Henningsson, Per LU and Lin, Huai Ti (2016) In Royal Society of London. Philosophical Transactions B. Biological Sciences 371(1704).
Abstract

This work is a synthesis of our current understanding of the mechanics, aerodynamics and visuallymediated control of dragonfly and damselfly flight, with the addition of new experimental and computational data in several key areas. These are: the diversity of dragonfly wing morphologies, the aerodynamics of gliding flight, force generation in flapping flight, aerodynamic efficiency, comparative flight performance and pursuit strategies during predatory and territorial flights. Newdata are set in context by brief reviews covering anatomy at several scales, insect aerodynamics, neuromechanics and behaviour. We achieve a new perspective by means of a diverse range of techniques, including laser-line mapping of wing topographies,... (More)

This work is a synthesis of our current understanding of the mechanics, aerodynamics and visuallymediated control of dragonfly and damselfly flight, with the addition of new experimental and computational data in several key areas. These are: the diversity of dragonfly wing morphologies, the aerodynamics of gliding flight, force generation in flapping flight, aerodynamic efficiency, comparative flight performance and pursuit strategies during predatory and territorial flights. Newdata are set in context by brief reviews covering anatomy at several scales, insect aerodynamics, neuromechanics and behaviour. We achieve a new perspective by means of a diverse range of techniques, including laser-line mapping of wing topographies, computational fluid dynamics simulations of finely detailed wing geometries, quantitative imaging using particle image velocimetry of on-wing and wake flow patterns, classical aerodynamic theory, photography in the field, infrared motion capture and multi-camera optical tracking of free flight trajectories in laboratory environments. Our comprehensive approach enables a novel synthesis of datasets and subfields that integrates many aspects of flight from the neurobiology of the compound eye, through the aeromechanical interface with the surrounding fluid, to flight performance under cruising and higher-energy behavioural modes.

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Aerodynamics, Biomechanics, Flight, Odonata, Performance, Prey capture
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Royal Society of London. Philosophical Transactions B. Biological Sciences
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371
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1704
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Royal Society
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10.1098/rstb.2015.0389
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  articleno    = {20150389},
  author       = {Bomphrey, Richard J. and Nakata, Toshiyuki and Henningsson, Per and Lin, Huai Ti},
  issn         = {0962-8436},
  keyword      = {Aerodynamics,Biomechanics,Flight,Odonata,Performance,Prey capture},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {09},
  number       = {1704},
  publisher    = {Royal Society},
  series       = {Royal Society of London. Philosophical Transactions B. Biological Sciences},
  title        = {Flight of the dragonflies and damselflies},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2015.0389},
  volume       = {371},
  year         = {2016},
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