The aerodynamic characteristics by the insect wing tip trajectory in hovering flight

Hunkee Cho, Won Gu Joo

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Insect flight is adapted to cope with each circumstance by controlling a variety of the parameters of wing motion in nature. Many researchers have struggled to solve the fundamental concept of insect flight, but it has not been solved yet clearly. In this study, to find the most effective flapping wing dynamics, we conducted to analyze CFD data on fixing some of the optimal parameters of wing motion such as stoke amplitude, flip duration and wing rotation type and then controlled the deviation angle by fabricating wing tip motion. Although all patterns have the similar value of lift coefficient and drag coefficient, pattern A(pear-shape type) indicates the highest lift coefficient and pattern H(pear-shape type) has the lowest lift coefficient among four wing tip motions and three deviation angles. This result suggest that the lift and drag coefficient depends on the angle of attack and the deviation angle combined, and it could be explained by delayed stall and wake capture effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)506-511
Number of pages6
JournalTransactions of the Korean Society of Mechanical Engineers, B
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering


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