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Smoke visualization of free-flying bumblebees indicates independent leading-edge vortices on each wing pair

Abstract:

It has been known for a century that quasi-steady attached flows are insufficient to explain aerodynamic force production in bumblebees and many other insects. Most recent studies of the unsteady, separated-flow aerodynamics of insect flight have used physical, analytical or numerical modeling based upon simplified kinematic data treating the wing as a flat plate. However, despite the importance of validating such models against living subjects, few good data are available on what real insect...

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10.1007/s00348-009-0631-8

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
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University of Oxford
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Zoology
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
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Zoology
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EXPERIMENTS IN FLUIDS More from this journal
Volume:
46
Issue:
5
Pages:
811-821
Publication date:
2009-05-01
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EISSN:
1432-1114
ISSN:
0723-4864
Language:
English
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pubs:164969
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uuid:cba730ca-fdb7-4335-a772-dccef4e2faef
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164969
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2012-12-19

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