Departement of Animal Sciences, Wageningen University, NL
Date(s) : 17/06/2020 iCal
15 h 00 min - 16 h 00 min
Flies are highly-maneuverable flyers, which is most apparent when you try to swat one. When evading a swatter or predator, a fly performs an extremely-rapid and highly-controlled banked turn. These turns are controlled by producing aerodynamic roll and pitch torques using surprisingly small adjustments in their wingbeat pattern. Here, I will discuss the unsteady aerodynamics of flapping insect flight, and how insects such as flies adjust the aerodynamic forces on their wings to control flight. I will also discuss how this knowledge has led to the development of bio-inspired flapping robotic flyers, and how we then used such flying robot to further unravel the control dynamics of maneuvering insect flight.
Prof. Dr. Florian Mujires, Departement of Animal Sciences, Wageningen University, NL