Physics Colloquium - Friday, April 21st, 2006, 4:00 P.M.

E300 Math/Science Center; Refreshments at 3:30 P.M. in Room E200

Jane Wang
Cornell University

Efficiency of flapping flight

Flapping and fixed wing provide two means to fly. Birds and insects have evolved to employ the first method and we have succeeded in using the second. We do not know, however, which one is more efficient. In this talk, I will define and discuss the aerodynamic efficiency of flapping flight both in simple models and in insect flight.